This continues to be a common theme from week to week, but when you are committed to something and it continues to work it is important to recognize the role it has played in our success. We rushed for 275 yards on the night and were able to chew up time on the clock. We had a well rounded attack this week that saw all of our primary running backs hit double digits in yardage. Calvin Pollard led the team with 125 yards and two touchdowns but the efforts of Jonathan Owen, Sean Wallace, and Andrew Owens were as critical as they have been all season. The ability to hand the ball to any of those players and expect positive yards is a luxury that many teams don't enjoy. All four proved that they are play makers whenever their number is called.
A lot of what makes our offense go is the effort from our wide receivers and running backs on second level blocking. Danny Leary and Aaron Tadei epitomized why we often joke about calling our wide receivers wide guards. They made a huge difference on the night securing running lanes down the field. It isn't the most obviously glorified position in our offense, but these young men certainly understand the importance of their role and have embraced it.
We enjoyed our most successful night to this point in the season in throwing the ball. Our receivers and backs made big catches throughout the evening when they counted. In his first start Kevin LaCoste was 9 of 14 for 135 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. As we progress through the season it will be increasingly important for us to throw the ball to loosen up defenses from packing the box with 8, 9, and 10 defenders.
After the first drive of the evening caught us off guard our defensive unit settled in and held the Cheesemakers at bay for the remainder of the evening. They accounted for three takeaways and turned the 'Mooks away in the Red Zone on a fourth down play to keep the momentum in our favor. In case no one has noticed, our defense has only given up 39 points on the season, one of the best scoring defense averages in the entire state at the 4A level.
Fan and Community Support
It was great to see the signs throughout town supporting us during homecoming week leading up to the game. When Friday kickoff commenced there wasn't a seat to be had at Broadway Field. The turnout in support of our young men has been fantastic this year and is truly appreciated. We had over 1,000 in attendance on Friday night and hope that number continues to grow throughout the season. Unfortunately we only have one home game left this season but hope the atmosphere we have created around the football program will hopefully fuel our fans' desire to travel to see us play in the next couple of weeks at Banks and at Astoria.
One thing we continue to focus on is ball security. Although the two fumbles we suffered on Friday didn't cost us the win, they will at some point in the season unless we address this issue. We have implemented some new drills in practice to continue work on this area and hope to clean it up as we enter the toughest stretch of our schedule. Turning the ball over against our next four opponents will certainly cost us.
Missed Blocking Assignments
When you make the type of personnel changes we made last week you are bound to have to some mistakes. After watching film there is no shortage of things to work on. However, the great thing about this challenge is that we still dominated a game in which we made so many mistakes. Our athletes recognize the fact that we need to get better if we are going to make a push for the playoffs and they are prepared to put in the work to achieve their goal. It is much easier to get this message to sink in after winning in the manner we did. Our boys are still hungry to improve.
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