“It went well,” Dampeer said. “This week is a big week to play assignment football on both sides of the ball.”
The Panthers (3-1) fell to second-ranked Clay Chalkville 38-7 last week. Pell City’s defense didn’t allow the Cougars any big plays down the field last week, but they did allow their two backs to have huge games. Quarterback Hayden Moore carried the ball 14 times for 134 yards, while running back Sidney Battle finished with 15 carries for 123. Pell City struggled on the ground in thanks to the Cougars defense. Jackson Williamson was the Panthers leading rusher with 13 carries for 52 yards. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 84 yards and an interception. Panthers’ playmaker Ira Burch recorded nine carries for 22 yards, and he caught three passes for 28 yards.
“Last week, we didn’t capitalize on some opportunities that we had offensively,” Dampeer said. “They ran the ball on us and we didn’t run the ball well enough. We didn’t give up any real big plays in the air on defense. They did a good job running the ball. I thought the difference in the game was they ran the ball and we didn’t.”
This week, the Panthers worked on some things to get their offense back going in the right direction. Dampeer believes if the Panthers can run the ball successfully that will open up plays down the field.
“We have to get all of them going whether it’s the receivers on early completions,” he said. “We have to get Pap (Damurian Wills) going. Getting him going is getting the offensive line going. We are putting a lot emphasis on trying to run the football.”
The Eagles (1-3) enters tonight’s game looking to turn their season around. Oak Mountain fell to Pelham 42-41 last week in double overtime. The Panthers defense will have to be prepared for the Eagles’ option attack that averages 38 points per game in their last two contests.
“Oak Mountain they are an option football team, so we have to play assignments on defense,”Dampeer said. “We have to make sure everybody is doing their job, because if not they will nickel and dime you all the way down the field. We have to play well on offense. We need to score some points to get things going and get some momentum to give ourselves a chance.”
Dampeer believes the Panthers will have a good chance of leaving Oak Mountain 4-1 if they don’t turn the ball over and play assignment football on defense.
“We have to win on special teams and we have to make the big play,” Dampeer said. “Ball security offensively and we have to play assignment football on defense.”
The Eagles lead the series 1-0. Pell City loss last year’s game 23-21.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Heardmont Park Sportsplex/Eagle Stadium in Oak Mountian.