FORT MILL — With rising senior quarterback Dalton Helms under center, the Nation Ford Falcons will again be looking to air things out this fall.
The Falcons are trying to make it back to the playoffs for the third consecutive year after ending last year with a loss to North Augusta in the opening round of the 4A state playoffs.
Offensively, Nation Ford should be led again by Helms, who passed for 2,440 yards and 24 touchdowns last year.
Helms, who is in the midst of deciding between football and baseball once he gets to college in 2014, will have two key targets in senior Riley Hilton and sophomore Hank Tuipulotu when throwing the ball this year. Hilton and Tuipulotu will take the place of AK McCoy and Dijuan Ussery, both of whom the Falcons lost to graduation.
“We are progressing and working hard in the off season,” said head coach Michael Allen. “We are going to have a different type of football team.”
One thing that Allen is referring to is the fact that when it comes to moving the ball on the ground, Nation Ford will have a running back by committee system. The Falcons also lost Daniel Jackson, who took the majority of the team’s carries over the past two seasons. to graduation.
“We are always going to try and establish the run and add a wrinkle here or there,” Allen said.
Allen will have more of an opportunity to manage the entire program as he has given more responsibility to his defensive coordinators and offensive coordinators.
“I will still have my eyes and ears on everything,” he said.
Allen said he is also looking forward to the new AstroTurf installation being installed on the Nation Ford field.
“It’s going to be a good change for us,” he said. “The turf will have more benefits overall. It will be a nice change.”
Nation Ford kicks off its season Aug. 23 at Forestview High School. It will also be playing in the Battle of the Border scrimmage Aug. 17 at Fort Mill High School.