Bloodhounds to Unveil New Offense Against Blue Devils
Thu. August 30, 2012 at 11:31 p.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
Auburndale quarterback Brett Taylor leads a new offense for the Bloodhounds who switched from a triple-option to a spread attack. (Photo by ERNST PETERS | THE LEDGER (2011) )
By BILL KEMP
LEDGER MEDIA GROUP
Apparently old dogs can be taught new tricks — at least some Bloodhounds were willing.
Auburndale head coach Ken Grantham tossed out his coveted wing-t, triple-option attack and will officially unleash the Bloodhounds' new spread offense tonight when his team invades Denison Stadium to meet the Class 6A, No. 6 ranked Winter Haven Blue Devils.
"I've always been a wing-t, triple-option guy, and everything we did was based out of it," Grantham said. "To be honest, I‘m trying to attract some quarterbacks. The cupboard's been bare. I look around the county and see these 6-foot-3 kids with rocket arms, and we don't have anybody like that."
Grantham is hoping the change excites some athletes enough around the AHS hallways and middle schools to consider playing football in the future, and he also likes the way the new offense suits this year's quarterback Brett Taylor.
"We feel Brett makes good decisions and can spread the ball around the field," Grantham said and added the entire team is embracing the change. "Kids will do a better job when they are enthused about what they are doing. You ask the vast majority of kids and they want to run the spread."
Taylor's decision making worked so well last week in Auburndale's 23-18 preseason win over Lake Region that the Bloodhounds offense pulled off a rare occurrence this early in the season.
"That was the first time in my entire coaching career, as a head coach or an assistant, in the first game of the season that my team did not turn the ball over at least once," Grantham said. "We did turn it over on a bad punt snap, but not on offense."
On the receiving end, the Bloodhounds' wide-receiver core appears deep, fast and talented with Devin Glenn, Daryle Henry, Quintavious Styles, Derwin James and C.J. Glenn. Wilbur Cooper and Charles Taylor will see action as the slot receivers in the scheme.
Winter Haven's offense started sluggish in last week's 21-9 preseason win at Ridge Community, but promptly clicked into gear when the game was still in question midway through the second half.
Highly-touted, senior, running back Adam Lane finished with 84 yards on 15 carries, adding a pivotal late touchdown run. Freshman Tekendrick Roberson popped free for 73 yards on just three carries, including a huge 67-yard TD run to cap the win.
Despite Winter Haven's talented offensive threats, Grantham doesn't want his defense making any drastic changes for the opener.