For those that have doubted the ability of the Wing-T to produce points, Friday night's performance should have answered the critics. We felt going into the game that the offense had the opportunity to have a big night. What we didn't anticipate was that we would need to score 50 points to secure a victory. We were able to rely on an effective running attack and an efficient passing attack to chew up yardage to the tune of 400+ total yards on the night. Aaron Tadei led all offensive players with over 150 yards of total offense (over 250 all purpose yards) and made huge play after huge play.
David continues to be an incredible asset to our team. The difference in the night was our ability to convert all of our extra point attempts (including a two point conversion on a pass to Richardson from LaCoste). Those three points loomed large as the waning minutes of the game ticked off the clock. The security in knowing that you have a 95% chance of converting your extra points (David is 38/40 on the year) is a luxury that many high school programs don't get to enjoy.
A Stop When it Mattered Most
The defensive unit will be the first to admit that they didn't have their best night. Facing the best running back that we have seen all year (and in my opinion the best at the 4A level), we failed to contain him. However, when we needed to buckle down at the end of the game, we got it done. Our defense never hung their heads and stayed focused up to the very end and when it mattered most.
Offensive Line Physicality
We pride ourselves on playing physical football for a complete 48 minutes. Friday night was no different. We know that we aren't a very deep team, therefore being physically tough and mentally strong is must for us to remain competitive. Our line is undersized to most people's standards. The line has committed themselves to being as aggressive snap to whistle as any of their opponents and this makes the difference. They continue to improve each week and are finally starting to hit their stride.
Over the Top
Giving up big plays, especially at the end of the half in prevent coverage, is something that will catch up with us if we don't clean things up. As we now live week to week in the playoffs we must have a sense of urgency in preparing for a great passing game from Cottage Grove. I have no doubt that our secondary will learn from this week and clean things up in time to get the job done against the Lions. When we get teams in advantageous down and distance situations we can't become complacent and expect teams to lay down.
Kick Off Coverage
The ability to kick the ball deep on the kickoff is great, but if you consistently break down in coverage you may as well kick the ball out of bounds and spot the opposition the ball on their 35 yard line. What at one point was a strong point of our game has turned into a significant work in progress over the past few weeks. We can't continue to provide our opponents a short field and put unnecessary pressure on our defense.