The Gillette Camels football team has plenty of room for growth offensively, but has an abundance of tools to make the improvements.
Gillette racked up 416 yards of total offense in its season-opening win last week at Evanston, but isn’t anywhere near satisfied with its week one performance.
“We’ve got a lot of weapons, but we’ve still got a long ways to get there to reach our goal,” senior wide receiver Dani Fischer said.
Fischer said he made several mistakes during in the game against Evanston and hopes for a more productive outing when the Camels host the Rock Springs Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday.
But Fischer wasn’t alone. Although the offense accomplished its primary goal of scoring points and the ground game finished the contest with big numbers — the team combined for 221 yards on the ground — the offensive unit as a whole wasn’t as consistent as it could have been.
It failed in two fourth-down conversions. It stalled on a number of drives, despite starting with good field position.
“We put up 37 points, but we messed up a lot,” Fischer said. “I messed up a lot. I can do a lot better.”
The offense wants to continue to put up points, but hopes to increase the amount of pressure it applies on opposing defenses. All signs indicate that Gillette has the firepower and versatility to do so.
The team finished with 195 yards through the air with completions to eight different targets, including Kris Adams, who led the team with 58 yards receiving.
Coach Vic Wilkerson has been vocal about the long list of talented players in the skill positions this season and the scoring prospects that creates.
Wilkerson said he has depth at running back is there between Taylor Bigelow and Billy Williams — who saw significant playing time in the season-opener — and Tichun Aipperspach and Isaac Brown — whom Wilkerson plans on implementing more and more as the season presses on.
At wideout, Gillette has Stephen Alm, Cody Kelley, Cole Petty, Matt Fogle, Adams and Fischer as weapons.
“It gives us all the flexibility in the world to change things up and still feel comfortable with the ball in the hands of numerous playmakers,” Wilkerson said.
The inordinate amount of talent in the Camel camp isn’t going to change the way Wilkerson runs his up-tempo offense, but it should compliment the attack.
The wide variety of weapons will make it hard for defenses to hone in on one or two players, Wilkerson said.
Gillette’s proven it has the pieces to construct an unstoppable offense, it’s just a matter of putting it all together.
“The sky’s the limit for us,” quarterback Austin Fort said.
If you go
What: Gillette Camels vs. Rock Springs Tigers
When and where: 7 p.m. Friday at CCHS Stadium
Cost: $2 for students, $4 for adults