Maumelle debuts its new spread offense Friday against a Class 3A semifinalist last year.
The Hornets travel to Fountain Lake and face the Cobras who reached the 3A semifinals last season and lost, 31-29, to eventual champion Harding Academy. As the 2013 season begins, Hootens.com has the Cobras ranked number three in Class AAA after an 11-3 finish last year.
"They are quite a talented team," Maumelle Coach Mike Buchan said. "The last eight to 10 years, they have become very successful."
Meanwhile, Hootens ranks Maumelle number 15 in Class 4A. The Hornets finished 5-6 last year and suffered a 55-20 loss to Nashville in the first round of the playoffs. But, they sport a new look this season as the offense is changing from the Wing-T to the spread. Junior Tyshaun Robinson has won the quarterback spot.
While Maumelle is facing a formidable foe in the Cobras, Buchan is anxious to how the Hornets respond. He noted they played well in scrimmages against Lonoke and Little Rock Fair, and basically, they are ready to face some opponents.
"They are ready, and I’m ready," Buchan said. "It’s time to play and see how we react, and the rest of the stuff will take care of itself. They are ready to beat someone else up. Our offense looked good and was running on all cylinders."
So, while Buchan feels good about the offense, he is curious to see how the defense responds. Because of incorporating a new offense, the coaching staff hasn’t spent as much time with the defense. Buchan plans on spending more time on and catching the defense up this week. His main goal is to make sure the guys line up in the right spots.
"We’ll have to make sure get our defense under control," Buchan said. "We have a lot of speed and that could be a bad thing. We have to make sure we don’t over pursue."
Fountain Lake won last year’s contest 18-14 after the contest was called because of weather with six or seven minutes left in the third quarter. Maumelle was ahead 14-12 before Fountain Lake scored a touchdown in the driving rain to take the lead.