Connally's Opportunistic Defense

Connally is off to a 3-0 start thanks to defensive turnovers

It's human nature to become fed up.

Connally High School senior defensive back, Dereon Kizzee said, "we just got tired of being that 2-8 and 4-6 team".

After winning 6-games combined the past two seasons, The Conally Cougars have won their 1st 3-games this season. Kizzee said, "we want the playoffs, that's what we want".

So far, the Cougars are headed towards that goal in a hurry thanks to their opportunistic defense. A defense which is lacking in depth, but they focus on forcing turnovers. "the takeaways have come. We got to make opportunities to get off the field (due to a lack of depth)", Connally head coach Jason Cecil said.

The Cougars have scored 45, 41, and 35 points in their 1st three games and have given up 87 points.

But, timely defensive turnovers have placed Connally on the plus side of the turnover margin. 7 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions, and 4 defensive touchdowns.

I asked senior defensive end, Edward McDonald what exactly do they focus on in practice. What type of drills do they focus on to produce the turnovers. McDonald said, "Strip the ball drills. The 1st dude that gets there makes contact or we scoop and score".

The next defensive turnover opportunity for (3-0) Connally is Friday night in Elgin for the Cougars' 2nd District 19-5A contest of the season.


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