Scyamore gave up three scores to West Creek in the second of a two-quarter game Friday night at Austin Peay in Clarksville.
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Sycamore’s defense held firm for much of the two quarters that the War Eagles competed in against West Creek in Friday’s TOA Football Jamboree at Austin Peay in Clarksville.
But the offense struggled to stay consistent and only a 31-yard field midway through that first period provided Sycamore fans with points.
The glaring hole its offense must find a way to fill was left when former War Eagle standout Darius James transferred to Fairview this summer.
“We’re not going to change a thing, I promise you that,” Sycamore coach Justin Robison said. “Darius was a great player but he’s not here anymore. We can’t worry about who isn’t here. We play with the guys that we have.”
West Creek scored three times in second of two-quarters during Friday’s jamboree and Robison is looking for consistency from his offense before its season opener against Montgomery Central Friday.
“I don’t think we’ve dropped off at all on offense,” Robison said. “We still have talent in the backfield that can, or will, get the job done. What we lost was an athlete. The only question is, who is going to be the one to step up?”
Michael Loosli received the majority of the reps at running back with junior quarterback J.J. Ivey at the helm Friday. Tyler Niebel will also see his playing time increase without James.
“Our scheme will fit anyone,” Robison said. “It’s the coaches’ job to make sure to get the right guys in the right spots. And each player on this team has to execute.”
It’s hard to ignore James’ productivity last year. He ran for 1,258 yards and nine touchdowns as Sycamore finished 5-5 and missed the Class 3A playoffs.
He transferred to a team, in Fairview, that finished 11-1 in 2016 and lost in the second round of the 3A playoffs.
“He’s not here and we’ll move on and be OK,” Robison said. “Our focus is on Montgomery Central now and on our team. You can’t dwell on the past and what could or might have been.”