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Inside the numbers: Waxahachie's balanced offense a big key to Indians' success
Offense has demonstrated the ability to score running or throwing the football
WAXAHACHIE — It started out slowly, a short run, an incompletion.
The West Mesquite defense wasn’t worried yet. Another run — just enough for the first down — and another. Then, 48 yards down the field in the end zone still clutching the ball, Robert Lowe Jr. made the opposing defenders pause.
Waxahachie can run.
The next drive, and West Mesquite must be prepared for the run. But it’s Lowe again, this time with a 28-yard reception from quarterback Don King. Then a pass to Quin Sargent, and then Lowe is back to running.
Waxahachie can catch.
In last Thursday’s win over West Mesquite, Waxahachie (6-1, 5-0 in 15-4A) again showed off its multiple weapons and balance on offense. On the season, Waxahachie, whose offense ranks third among area 4A teams with 482.4 yards per game, has thrown for 1,554 yards and run for 1,823. That margin of difference — 269 yards — is the smallest among the top 10 area 4A offenses, and it may be one of the keys to the team’s success this season.
Waxahachie coach David Ream knows that a balanced offense can help his team, but he doesn’t look at balance as a goal in games.
“It’s not necessarily that we want to run 50 percent of the time or pass 50 percent of the time, but we feel like we’ve got some good receivers and good backs,” Ream said.
The beauty of Waxahachie’s attack lies in its ability to adjust. If an opponent’s coverage targets receivers, King can rely on Lowe, as he has in the team’s last two games. And if opponents focus on Lowe, King has several options at receiver to target.
Although Ream’s 2011 team is without TCU recruit LaDarius Brown at wide receiver, it makes up for his absence with four solid sets of hands: distant cousins Quin Sargent and Quinn Sargent, Terrance Hawkins and Lowe.
“To have four or five receivers that can make plays, … I can throw to any one of them down the field,” King said.
King said he can tell that some opposing defenses are scared as they take their places at the line of scrimmage.
In their last two games the Indians have favored the run.
Although Ream said he’d prefer to keep Lowe at 20 rushes or less per game to minimize the toll on his body, he’s had 28 carries each game in wins over Corsicana and West Mesquite.
“I do feel a bit more sore, but I do like helping the team out, putting the team on my back if I have to,” Lowe said.
And while that might not be ideal, it seems to be working.
A look at Waxahachie’s offensive output each game: