Richmond Hill Head Coach Matt LeZotte expects two things when his Wildcats travel to Camden County tomorrow for the first football game of the season: consistency and a win.
“I expect a very well-coached, hard fought game. I think both teams are going to be prepared to play. It’s going to be tough because of the lack of game film to be able to dictate what they’re doing schematically. I think both teams are well-seasoned and are able to adjust. It’s going to be a good night for football.
“I’m hoping to have consistency. We’ve had a few scrimmages under our belt. There’s been some peaks and valleys. We’ve been hot and cold at times. We had a great week of practice and have a great plan for the game.
“If we can be consistent, we’ll be fine,” LeZotte said of his offense.
The coach said the strength of the offense is the line.
“Those guys have played a lot of snaps. They’ve seen a lot in their playing careers and are ready to go. We have four seniors who have played a lot of football. You sprinkle in the guys around them who have played a lot of football and we’re good. Last year really helped us by going to the semis. We got an extra half-season of practice in. So we’ll be ready. We’re the best off we’ve ever been going in to the season with experience and depth. It’s exciting because these guys have worked hard to put themselves in the situation they’re in,” the coach said.
Defensively, LeZotte said he is looking for them to shut down the tough Camden offense.
“Our strength defensively is just age. We’ve got a lot of guys who have played a lot of football and have conditioned their bodies and minds to be able to do a lot of different things. I think the best thing is our coaches have really prepared them to adapt to any situation.
“I think we’ve got guys on that side where football really matters to them. When it matters to the players, it makes it even more special. I think we’re strong all over on the defense. One of our strengths is going to be our defensive line,” he said.
The coach said his expectation for the season doesn't go beyond each game. “We haven’t focused on the big picture. We’re taking it one game at a time. We’re focused on an opponent each and every week.
Especially with Covid-19, there’s no reason to focus past this week. We have no idea what the future holds. We have no idea what tomorrow holds other than a win against Camden,” LeZotte said.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.