LAURINBURG — The countdown to kickoff is now just two days, which meant the return of the Coach Richard Bailey Radio Show on Monday nights on WLNC with Al Blades, Justin McNickle and Kenny Fore.
Coach Bailey updated those listening in their cars and at Champs Fine Dining and Spirits about how the Fighting Scots are shaping up and what fans can expect from their beloved team.
In terms of injuries, Bailey said everyone will be ready for Friday’s game including kicker Grant Ciarrocca who hurt his leg while skeet shooting and defensive end Octavis McLaurin who tweaked his shoulder during practice.
Scotland will head to South View — a team the Scots cruised by last season, 47-25 — on Friday for their 2016 season opener. Coach Bailey told listeners to not expect standout running back Zamir White to get as many carries as he did in 2015.
“You won’t see Zamir get 35 touches this year,” said Bailey. “Of course that’s on a game-by-game basis because we’ll still do what it takes to win.”
White will be the featured back and will take the brunt of the carries, between 15 and 20 according to Bailey, with Markel White and Khalil Smith taking the other 20 or so carries.
Bailey said the Scots will also try and air the ball out more with starting quarterback Sergio Gibson, but won’t stray from their run-oriented style of play too much.
“Everyone is going to key in on Zamir or they have zero chance of beating us,” said Bailey, “so when we run play-action our people are wide open — at least they have been in our scrimmages. Sergio keeps getting better and we have a lot of confidence in him. He’s a team oriented guy and will do anything you ask of him. I’m excited that he’s proved himself to be our quarterback. I would just assume win a state championship with him as my quarterback as anyone else.”
The Scots won the three games Gibson started last season and threw for 318 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.
For a full preview of this week’s game against South View along with the coaches’ picks for the offensive and defensive Players of the Preseason be sure to check out Thursday’s sports section.
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