The Conway Christian Eagles are off to a 3-0 start with help from a dynamic quarterback-wide receiver combo in Jacob Wood and Seth Smith.
Smith is a senior wide receiver who has caught passes from a different Jakob the previous two years at the varsity level.
Smith said there are differences between the former quarterback he had throwing him passes to the sophomore quarterback starting for the first time at the varsity level.
"Jakob Henry was tall with a huge arm, but Jacob Wood is young and faster," he said. "Jacob is still learning the offense, but he’s doing a good job. He brings more speed to the table than Jakob Henry did."
Wood and Smith have only played three games with each other, but the two have helped Conway Christian to a fast start. The team is averaging 41 points per game.
"We run a good offensive scheme," Smith said. "We read the defense and just try to exploit them. Jacob does a good job of getting the ball to me and I just try to make plays in space."
Wood said Smith makes his job easier as a younger quarterback.
"He can take a short pass all the way for a touchdown and can outrun a cornerback when he’s in man," he said. "He’s just real easy on my part."
In the last game against Rose Bud, Wood was a part of all five touchdowns the Eagles’ offense scored.
He ran for two touchdowns and threw three; two of which went to Smith.
"I try to get the ball to Seth in space and let him do what he does to make plays happen," Wood said.
Despite being 3-0, Smith and Wood know they have work to that is not finished, especially with four other teams in the conference being 3-0.
"In 2A ball, it’s pretty simple: you have to stop the run and make plays on offense to be successful like we were last year when we made it to the semifinals," Smith said. "If we can stop the run and our defense plays well, I think we can beat anybody."
Wood shared similar sentiments.
"If we take it one game a time and keep working, we will do well," he said. "We’ve got a good defense that will be able to stop some people. We just need to put up some points when our defense gets us the ball."
The Eagles begin 2A-5 play Friday at home against Poyen.
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