JIM CAMERON SPORTS WRITER
Gans (0-2) plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday versus Class C Graham/ Dustin. Grizzlies head coach Brian Morton is making changes to his young charges to try to play to their strengths and work around their inexperience.
Graham is playing its first game of the season, and did not follow the usual protocol of exchanging game films, so Gans is going into this game blind.
“Since they didn‚t play last week, they did not trade films with us, so we don‚t know anything about them,” Morton said. “I hate to say it, but we‚re going into this game blind.”
One thing that is obvious to Morton is the need to mix things up. Due to injuries, Morton was forced to play a number of inexperienced players.
Morton started several young players in the positions where he believed they would be the most effective. But after the Grizzlies‚ second scoreless loss of the season, he‚s making changes to multiple players‚ starting positions.
“This week we‚re tweaking quite a few things, and we‚re going to move some people around to different positions.
We feel like some people that we‚ve depended on to take over a role, I don‚t feel like they got that accomplished,” Morton said. “We‚ve got to look at changing our personnel around, to get them in some different spots so they can be more productive for us. We‚re not changing personnel, but obviously we are changing their positions on both sides of the ball.”
With the Grizzlies‚ offense struggling, Morton wants to see if there‚s a way to move the football by changing tactics.
“We‚re really looking at having to spread the field more,” he said. “I‚m an old-school smashmouth type of football coach, but we just don‚t have the personnel right now, developed enough, to go do that aggressively. So we‚re going to try to change some of our strategies here, and spread the field a little more – trying to get the ball to the kids that we have the most confidence in, that can go one-on-one, instead of trying to go right at people.”