Triad’s Jacob Jenkins (24) carries the ball during a 2018 game. The Cardinals will open the 2019 campaign tonight by hosting Benjamin Logan.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
Football has arrived for the Triad Cardinals, but Week One will be no easy task for the young Cardinals.
They will kick off the 2019 season tonight at home against Benjamin Logan.
First-year head coach Zach Winslow, the Cardinals’ first-year head coach, said the Raiders have size and consistency in their system on their side.
“I believe their size at all positions is a strength and their familiarity within their system,” he said. “They have been doing similar things for awhile and that familiarization and comfort within that system is a strength.”
Winslow said the Raiders have some players who they will have to keep their eyes on in order to keep Ben Logan in check.
“The quarterback is special and their offensive line and linebackers also stand out on film,” said Winslow.
Tanner Perkins will be under center for the Raiders and was a leading passer in the Central Buckeye Conference with more than 1,400 yards last year.
The Raiders also have a bevy of receivers.
Winslow said that will be a challenge for the Cards as they try to pin down Ben Logan at the line.
“They are an aggressive spread team that has both size and skill,” said Winslow.
The Cardinals will look to their senior quarterback, Jordan Simonelli, to help lead the new offense.
Winslow said the key to success in tonight’s contest will come down to execution… something the Cards struggled with in the preseason.
“We want to be excellent in our execution, which we were not able to do during the preseason,” he said. “We want to be physical at the point of attack and put the BL defense in a bind.”
But as the opening of the season has drawn near, Winslow said his Cardinals are hungry to get the season started.
“This has been our best week of practice all season, so keeping focus, effort and intensity up this week has been easy,” he said. “I think the team is hungry to get the season started.”
Winslow said the best he can hope for out of his new crew is effort and enthusiasm.
“I’m looking for effort, intensity and enthusiasm to be a Triad Cardinal,” he said. “I want them to play with a sense of urgency and to impose our will on our opponent every snap.”
With all the practices in the books and preparations made, all that is left for Triad is the test on Week One.
Full game details will be published in the Saturday edition of the Journal-Tribune.
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