He also knew quarterback Will Jordan could handle tough spots and his offensive line could be good.
But he didn’t really expect this.
Through two games, the Warriors have scored 56 points, putting up 28 in wins over Fitzgerald and Baldwin. Last season, Jefferson County started 0-2 playing those same two teams, scoring only 20 total points.
The Warriors think facing their own top-notch defense every day in practice could explain the offensive advancement.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised. We can’t move the ball an inch on our defense,” Arnold said. “But going up against them has made us better. When you go up against quality every day, and try to defeat quality, it makes you play harder, tougher.”
Jefferson County has rushed for a combined 701 yards this season.
Quarterman and Jordan have combined for 586 yards.
Arnold has been impressed by Jordan’s ability to keep his cool under pressure.
“His best attribute is, he never gets rattled. Ever,” Arnold said about the quarterback Jordan. “The worst thing in the world could happen and he doesn’t get rattled. I could chew his butt up one side and down the other – doesn’t get rattled. That is a gift.”
Jordan and his backfield mates have seen lanes thanks to the offensive line.
Dexter Grier and Brian McCullough lead the unit which has allowed the Region 3-AAA Warriors to average 10.3 yards per carry against a Fitzgerald team that was a 2012 Class AA state quarterfinalist and a Baldwin team that made the Class AAAA playoffs a season ago.
“Blocking for them, that’s good, man,” said Grier, referring to Jordan and Quarterman. “It’s like, right when you make that block, they zoom past you.”