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Red Devil Football Week #8 Primer

Up Next for the Red Devils

                  Homecoming was a great success for the Red Devils in their 2014 campaign.  The team came out and put in a solid performance for a 41-22 victory over the Lancers of Notre Dame.  The first quarter was a little bit of a shootout finishing 14-14.  However, the offense continued to do its thing in the second quarter putting up another 14 points while the defense stiffened up for a 28-14 halftime lead.  The second half was more of the same and the Devils pulled away.  This is not to say that there were issues that need to be addressed on both sides of the football.  Defensively, the team needs to avoid the big play as several of those kept Notre Dame in the game.  Offensively, there were way too many botched snaps and a couple of blown assignments which led to some inefficiency. 

                  Now the Red Devils must turn their attention to the home stretch of their schedule which is probably the most daunting part of their schedule.  This week, Stratford will travel up to New Fairfield to take on a tough Rebel team that is now 4-3.  These teams are probably very evenly matched and this contest is going to be hard fought for the entire game.  However, if the Red Devils want to keep their post season hopes alive they must win this game.

                  Offensively, the Rebels will be in a spread attack at some points in the game.  This is good since the Devils have seen this offense several times already this season.  At other times, the Rebels will come out in double tight I and come with a downhill run game.  New Fairfield does a nice job of balancing out the run and pass game and this will keep make Stratford play a very focused game.  This means that all areas of the defense will need to be in top form.  The defensive line and linebackers will need to be aggressive and take away the run game.  The defensive backs will need to be better than they were on Friday night.  If one part of the defense falters, it could spell trouble for Stratford.

                  Defensively, New Fairfield will probably play what looks like a 6-1 defense against the Red Devils.  It is a 4-3 base but the outside linebackers are up on the line of scrimmage.  They may also play a few times in a 4-4 defense.  Their defense does a very nice job of flying to the football and they are pretty athletic.  This will definitely be a test for Coach Cav’s offensive unit.  The line will need to be very good and make sure that they are not getting pushed into the backfield.  The fullbacks will need to establish themselves early in the game and force the Rebels to respect them into the heart of the line.  The A backs will need to block very well and make people miss one on one.  Finally, the receivers will need to do a good job of blocking the perimeter and taking advantage of their opportunities when they get them.  

                  This is going to be a great test for the Red Devils who are still flying high from winning their fifth straight game.  They need to put the past behind them and get ready and have a great week of practice.  They need to execute and play hard for 48 minutes will no mental mistakes.  They need to endure that long bus ride and come out flying around like crazed animals.  They need your support.  Game time is Friday night at 5 PM at New Fairfield HS.  Come make some noise for those Red Devils. 

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