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Three questions: Brooke Point
BROOKE POINT BLACK-HAWKS
Coach: Mo Hampton (first year)
2012 record: 7-6
Last playoff season: 2012
IS BROOKE POINT IN FOR A MAJOR OVERHAUL UNDER FIRST-YEAR COACH MO HAMPTON?
In a word, no. The program will be run very similarly to how it was run under former coach Jeff Berry. Hampton, a longtime assistant under Berry, has been interim head coach for only a matter of weeks since Berry left to take the athletics director position at Colonial Forge, and Hampton sees no reason to shake things up now. The Black-Hawks will run the same no-huddle spread offense and look very familiar on defense under the instruction of Hampton, who will double as defensive coordinator and is still working closely with the defensive line. “I think [the players have] bought in, because we’re not much different than we were in the past eight years,” Hampton said. “Things are done pretty much the same.”
HOW CAN THE BLACK-HAWKS AVOID ANOTHER SLOW START LIKE LAST YEAR?
A re-dedication to fundamentals in practice corresponded with Brooke Point’s scorching 6-1 finish after a 1-5 start. Hampton and his staff, which returns mostly intact from last year, is keeping that simple approach this preseason. The team is focusing on blocking, tackling and taking care of the football.“The key for us is to concentrate on fundamentals and don’t assume our kids don’t need as much fundamental work,” Hampton said. “Like last year, we [assumed] the kids were further ahead than they were. We didn’t know early enough that we had to be a little bit more remedial in our coaching. We gave them too much in the beginning, more than they could handle.”
IS THE AREA’S LONGEST PLAYOFF STREAK IN JEOPARDY?
Brooke Point graduated a lot of talent, from wide receives Tyus White and Aaron Sanders to lineman Connor Hilland, but there are plenty of playmakers still in the fold to continue the Black-Hawks’ eight-year playoff streak. Hampton said almost 80 players came out this season, between the varsity and junior varsity programs, so there are options galore to fill the void left by the departed seniors. “We have the Jimmys and the Joes,” Hampton said. “We’ve got to get the best out of them. We have the personnel to win and be successful.”