Braswell had verbally agreed to the same post with Italy, which is still in the playoffs in 1A, but stayed at Mildred after Morton left and took the coordinator’s position. It was a beneficial move, head coach Patrick Harvell said.
“Coach Braswell was a big part of us instituting the no huddle system last year,” Harvell said. “Even though he didn’t call the plays, he was a big part of it, and we were able to keep that continuity when (Morton) left.”
There are some differences in the two play callers. Morton liked to set the run up with the pass, Braswell said. The run sets up the pass for Braswell.
Most important, for Harvell, is that Braswell continues his philosophy of being balanced. It’s a philosophy Braswell heard preached at all of his stops before Mildred.
“We try not to be one dimensional,” he said.
Last year, the Eagles ran the ball 55.7 percent of the time. This year, that number is up to 63.7, and Braswell understands Shimonek’s opportunities have been limited. In district, the Eagles set and re-set the school scoring record three times.
You’re not passing much in the second half in games like that.
And, he is a firm believer in another of Harvell’s approaches: From week to week, you take what the defense gives you.
“We don’t want to pound a square peg in a round hole,” Braswell said.
In the first two playoff games, Mildred averaged more than 350 yards a game on the ground, and threw for 102 a game. Last week, the Eagles threw for 208, and ran for 151.
Still, one notable difference between the offense this year compared to last is play-action passing and utilizing the running backs in the passing game.
“I can probably count on one hand, in all 14 games last year, how many times we ran a play fake,” Braswell said.