NW Whitfield Offense Enjoying Fast Start

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Updated: 10/11/2013 7:09 pm

Tunnel Hill, GA (WDEF) Northwest Whitfield has several new starters on offense this season, but they haven't gone through any growing pains. The Bruins are averaging 44-points a game heading into the big showdown Friday with rival Dalton.

Last season, Northwest Whitfield never scored fifty points in a game. But this season, with eight new offensive starters, they've averaged fifty a game in their last three contests. Said offensive coordinator David Crane,"It has not been surprising to me because we had high expectations coming in. That's kind of our general thoughts anyway. It's not so much about the opponent. It's not so much about the schedule. It's more about us." Said receiver Tevin McDaniel,"Everybody is on the same page. The quarterback is getting better each week."

Caleb Shiflett is in his first year as the Bruins starting quarterback, and head coach Josh Robinson says his development has been tremendous. "First pass in high school for us was on JV, and it didn't cross the line of scrimmage, and nobody was pressuring him. He threw a really bad ball, but he was coming off an arm injury." Said Shiflett,"In middle school, I broke my elbow pitching in baseball. Freshman year, I was still in a cast. So after that, it took me a little bit longer to straighten my arm back out and get loose again."

You might not can call Tevin McDaniel a big target at 5'8 and 140-pounds. But good luck bringing him down in the open field. Said Crane,"Anybody that has seen him play will tell you his biggest attribute is his lateral quickness. He's awful hard to get down in a one-on-one situation." Added McDaniel,"I think they underestimate me a lot. I show them whenever the lights are on."

The Bruins are now in their second year of running the up-tempo spread offense. Said Crane,"I think some of that is a natural by-product of the second year of kind of going to this style of play. The kids feel more comfortable with it. With their comfort level, you can go faster and faster." Said Shiflett,"I like it better because you are catching the defense off guard. Makes them have to work harder. They get more tired and it makes the job easier on you."

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