The Raiders have displayed an ability to move the ball on the ground and in the air. In the trenches, they have been physical and hard-nosed.
But a failure to take care of the ball has left the Raiders without a win to show for their good work. The latest case in point came last Saturday when Hun made four turnovers in falling 30-14 at Germantown Academy (Pa.).
“That seems to be a recurring theme,” said Hun head coach John Law in reflecting on his team’s sloppiness with the ball.
“We have cleaned up a lot of things but the last thing that we have to take care of is the turnovers. What is frustrating for us is that these kids can play.”
As a result, Law and his coaches are going to harp on playing error-free football.
“We need to be mentally complete; we need to play a complete game,” said Law.
“We play a schedule that is good and that is what we want. We are going to do some drills this week focusing on ball security.”
Hun is getting some very good play at running back from junior Christopher Sharp, who had a big game in a losing cause last Saturday, gaining 182 yards on 19 carries, including a 75-yard touchdown jaunt.
“That is what has got us excited; we have some young kids handling the ball who are really talented,” said Law.
“It was a breakout game for Christopher. He is a special kid, he is learning how to read holes and trust the holes and when to break it out. He is a rising star.”
Senior linebacker/running back Colton Jay Jumper has emerged as a star for the Raiders in his first year with the program.
“Jumper is a leader for us on defense, we’ll go as he goes,” asserted Law of the Lookout Mountain, Tenn. native. “He has a nose for the ball. He hadn’t run the ball at his other school. We have him doing lead blocking and running the ball in short yardage situations.
Another leader for Hun has been senior receiver/defensive back Cam Dudeck. “I think Cam Dudeck is making catches and is helping us on defense,” said Law of Dudeck, who made six receptions for 49 yards last Saturday.
“I am really happy with him. He has been so consistent and I hope that rubs off on some of the other players.”
As Hun prepares to play at the Blair Academy on October 12 in its Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) opener, Law knows that his team has to play more consistently to knock off the Buccaneers.
“It is always a big one for us,” said Law. “It will be an old-fashioned slugfest. They know us and we know them. It is a heavyweight fight with the last one standing as the winner and hopefully that will be us. The kids are ready to go, we have some talented kids. We are not surviving the mistakes right now. A win would give them great momentum.”