WHITMIRE — Whitmire Community High School will play in their first home football game of the season on Friday against the Flashes of Calhoun Falls Charter School.
The Wolverines lost 39-16 last year to the Flashes and have lost to Calhoun Falls since the school became a charter school in 2010. Charlie Jenkins, new head football coach for Whitmire, hopes the new offensive play style he implemented will lead to a win this year.
“I have started an offensive change, started the double wing play. This is a little simpler play,” said Jenkins. “This not only helps shorten up the game, but it is easier on the players.”
Last year, the team used a spread offense, which opens up multiple vertical seams for both the running and passing game to exploit. The new play style will allow the linemen to play foot to foot and not allow the defense to be spread too thin. Jenkins will also use a 3-5-3 defense.
“It is hard to go to a 5-2 play when you do not have five big boys,” said Jenkins. “My hope is to cause as much chaos on the field as possible.”
The Wolverines have three to four new sophomore starting offensive linemen and a couple of freshmen kickers. They will join seven returning starters including Alex Jenkins, West Jenkins, Alex Ellison, Devin Vo, Jacob Robertson, Cole Eison and Daniel Johnson.
Jenkins said the players have responded well to the changes he has implemented, not only in the new offensive play style, but in the weight room as well. Jenkins has decided to continue weight lifting during the season, when in the past, it ended after the summer.
Jenkins has also changed the way the team watches films of their opponents’ previous games. Jenkins said he will have the team worry more about correcting the mistakes made last year, rather than coming up with strategies against the opposing teams.