After starting the season 0-4, Watson Chapel has found its groove — winning three straight games — and almost all of it is due to its offensive line.

After starting the season 0-4, Watson Chapel has found its groove — winning three straight games — and almost all of it is due to its offensive line.


"They are much improved," Chapel head coach Jared Dutton said. "Coach (Greg) Easter, our offensive line coach, has done a great job.


"Just like everything else, it is a process. They have worked hard."


Last week, Watson Chapel (3-4, 3-1 5A-South) combined to rush nearly 471 yards as the Wildcats defeated White Hall 42-30 at Bulldog Stadium on Friday.


"It is a mentality," Dutton said of his offensive line. "You can’t show up and play physical. It is a mentality.


"… They have been really working hard at getting better. They are getting better as a group."


Watson Chapel junior Trayvarious Cole led the Wildcats with 237 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score in the second half.


"(Our offensive line) takes pride in how many holes they open up," Dutton said. "They have been dominating people physically and are driving people off the ball.


"They have really gotten better and are starting to come together as a group."


Junior Cody Simpson and senior Josh White — a three-year starter at center — lead the way at the line for Chapel.


"At the start of the year, (Simpson) was one of the most dominant lineman that we have had," Dutton said. "I love the way he plays. He’s physical and he has that mentality to put people on the ground.


"(White) leads the way up front by keeping the guys motivated. He keeps the guy motivated and gets after it."


Junior Zavier Cannon "has really stepped his game up" and just "gets after it," according to Dutton. Junior Blake LaGrone, who normally plays at the defensive end position now splits time on the other side.


"He stepped across and is pulling double duty," Dutton said. "We made that switch three weeks ago and he’s been a big help for us."


Following the win over White Hall, Cole had to be carted out of the stadium due to an injury he sustained near the end of the game. On Tuesday, Dutton said Cole will be ready to go when Watson Chapel plays Magnolia at 7 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium.


Magnolia (3-4, 1-3) earned its only conference win of the season two weeks ago by shutting out Camden Fairview, 29-0. They lost 23-6 to Hot Springs last week.


"Well, they’ve got speed and great athletes," Dutton said. "They are much improved.


"Coach (John) Panter does a great job down there and he knows how to win. They are heading in the right direction."


The impressive win over Fairview stands out to Dutton.


"We have to be focused," Dutton said. "We have show up and get after it. It is going to be a tough game for us."


It is easy to for Watson Chapel to fall into a trap this week following the three straight wins, including a victory over a conference rival like White Hall.


"Anytime we go on a streak and win three in a row, our confidence builds," Dutton said. "It is our job as coaches to not let them get overconfident."


Dutton said there is still room for improvement.


"Our kids know they are getting better, but there is still a long ways to go," Dutton said. "… They are still doing things wrong and we are not as good as we could be.


"We have to go out and do better as a group."