“So far we haven’t done that,” Ward said. “But we are getting there.”
The Pack hopes to earn that “W” this Friday when they open up at home against single A Hannan High School. Last year, WHS defeated the Wildcats 44-16.
Williamson is returning 15 lettermen but must replace four offensive linemen. Ward told the Daily News the OL is a “crucial part of the game.”
But, Ward said he will be depending on his defense to set the tone of the game. He plans to defend from a 50 base. This defense is used most often and basically serves as a default defense. Other variations and schemes can be added to create pressure and confuse the offense.
Hannan is coming off a very disappointing 0-10 record from last season. Leading the Wildcats this year is Coach Keith Taylor who is taking the place of former head coach David Barr.
Taylor could possibly revenge the huge loss against the Wolfpack in 2009 with 20 returning lettermen. Look for Hannan to test the Pack’s speed and ability to defend the pass; considered by some to be the weak spots for WHS.
But Ward feels like his squad has had a good offseason taking advantage of several scrimmages to help the team improve these weak areas.
Williamson’s strengths this season are offensive versatility as well as the running game. Looking to add that “W” to their helmets after the Hannan game are three of the Pack’s top returning players; junior Matt Wellman FB/NG, senior Chris Hatcher HB/DE and junior QB/FS Chuck White, Jr.
Ward said he is looking for Hannan to run the spread offense while he will run multiple offenses from a spread to the wishbone. With the experienced QB White taking the snaps, Ward is confident the Pack will be able to push the ball down the field and into the endzone.
Before the game, there will be a tailgate party for the new inductees to Williamson’s Hall of Fame. These WHS alumni will then be introduced to the crowd during the halftime festivities.