Scouting the Warhawks

Robert George

The Warhawks enter this Week 3 match-up with a 1-1 record. They were beat by Oklahoma 59-17 last week, but come into Statesboro looking to get a win at Paulson for the first time in their program’s history.

When discussing the Warhawks style of play, GS head coach Tyson Summers said that everything they do is meant to pressure their opponents. Their game plan on offense and defense revolves around creating pressure and trying to create turnovers.

“We gotta be able to figure out who they’re trying to stress and make sure our players know they’re in that situation before the ball is snapped,” Summers said. 

Offensively, their star player is the sophomore quarterback, Garrett Smith. He’s averaged around 230 passing yards per game so far, and has shown the ability to extend plays with his legs. Their staff will put him in a position to make plays through the air or on the ground.

They also have a pair of talented guys at the skill positions. Running back Ben Luckett averages 5.3 yards per carry and wide receiver RJ Turner has hauled in 166 yards and a touchdown in their first two games. GS’s defense should be up to the task, however. The unit hasn’t allowed a touchdown in 10 straight quarters.

“They’re going to try to control the clock. There’s a true intent with every play on offense,” Summers said.

Defensively, they’ve moved to a four-down scheme after years of having a multiple-look defense. However, they still bring pressure and will try to keep GS’s offense on the side line.

“They’re a talented group,” Summers said. “They still continue to bring pressure.”

The Warhawks will need to create turnovers on defense and hit some big plays on offense if they hope to keep the game close. GS should cruise to their second conference win on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Frank Fortune.