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Red Devil Football Week #2 Primer
Up Next for the Red Devils
Well things just didn’t turn out for the Red Devils the way they would have hoped in their first game, losing to a tough Barlow team 34-14. The defense looked pretty strong through the first half, but lost some of its magic later in the game giving up 24 points in the second half. The offense didn’t help matters much by amassing only 155 total yards. Too many mental mistakes plagued the Devils for them to be affective. There were a few bright spots though, as the defense forced 3 turnovers and David Davidson had a long kickoff return for a touchdown and a long run for a touchdown.
Things don’t get any easier for Stratford as this week they kick off their tough home schedule by inviting Class M Runner up last year, Brookfield, to town. The Bobcats are a very tough team this year and dismantled Masuk last week jumping out to a 28-0 lead before the first quarter was over. Brookfield is big, fast and nasty and poses a very tough test for the inexperienced Red Devils.
Offensively, Brookfield will use two completely different styles of offense throughout the game. Their primary attack is a big physical wing-T attack. They will pull lots of offensive linemen and look to hammer the ball down Stratford’s throat. The will use several different backs in the backfield to complete their attack. Stratford’s defense needs to watch the guards to follow them to the play. However, they also must realize that they cannot just fly up the field or else Brookfield will run underneath them. The other offensive set that will be used by Brookfield is a traditional spread set. In this set, the Bobcats will look to throw the ball a little more and run a few option like plays. This will force Stratford to be cognizant of what personnel are on the field and get themselves into the best defensive front.
Defensively Brookfield played Masuk in a 4-3 defense. However based on Stratford’s offensive preference, expect to see the Bobcats in a 4-4 type look. Last season, Brookfield used several different alignments up front to stop this offense against Barlow. They have two big defensive tackles that will give Stratford some issues. Their linebackers are big and fast and do a nice job attacking the play. Stratford will need to hone their skills and make sure they eliminate the mental issues from last week to have a chance to move the football consistently.
The weather should be cool this week for the game so dress warm, bring your loud voice and come cheer on the Red Devils on Friday Night at 7 PM at Penders’ Field.