Although, North Pulaski suffered a 28-15 setback to Pulaski Robinson last Friday, good things did happen for the Falcons.
For one, North Pulaski (1-2) showed it is capable of the big play. The Falcons scored first on a 43-yard run by quarterback Steve Furrior and later Fred Thomas scampered 51 yards to the end zone.
"It wasn’t a good night, but it wasn’t bad either," North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. "They gave us the football at midfield a couple of times, and we didn’t capitalize. We came back in the fourth quarter and woke up. We actually kind of made of comeback but threw an interception late in the game."
Ingram liked that the Falcons had chances to make plays in the open field and did that. He is also pleased with the progress of Furrior.
"He is maturing at quarterback," he said. "He took some goods shots and came back."
Robinson’s first touchdown was also a long run of 50 yards. But, Ingram thought the defense really played well other than some missed assignments.
"A couple of times we were going so hard and fast that we missed our assignments," Ingram said. "It was a great football game. We just started too late to make a comeback."
Next up for the Falcons is highly-touted Pulaski Academy (1-2). Friday’s matchup at Pulaski Academy is the first meeting between the two schools and came about with the new conference realignment.
"It’s our first non-conference game, and I told our kids it’s not every day we get to play such a tradition-rich team," Ingram said. "Not only that, they have a national following and are one of the teams talked about in Arkansas. We are excited and know they are a good football team."
One thing North Pulaski has to prepare for is Pulaski Academy’s throwing offense as the Falcons don’t see much of that type of scheme. Mostly, Ingram noted, is they do a lot of screen passes but can also throw downfield. Also, PA presents a challenge on defense.
"They are so much bigger and faster," Ingram said. "We are going to try and move the football and sustain long drives to keep them off the field. They have played some quality opponents. They have also had some injuries, but I think everyone will be back against us Friday night."