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Red Devil Football Thanksgiving Game Primer

Up Next for the Red Devils      

      The Red Devils clinched a winning season on Friday night by beating a team that they haven’t beaten in 17 years.  By handing Masuk a 14-0 defeat, Stratford now has six wins and will assure itself a winning percentage over .500.  Not only that, but Stratford propelled itself back into the playoff conversation with only one game remaining.  The Red Devils will need help, but if things work out, they could see themselves earn their first playoff berth in about 8 years. 

                  Defense was the talk of the night on Friday as the Red Devil defense played a spectacular game.  They caused four turnovers and had a goal line stand early in the game.  So many people had an outstanding effort that it would be futile to try and list them all here.  It was definitely a team effort on that side of the ball.  Offensively, the Red Devils looked better than they have in the last couple of weeks, but had too many turnovers to be satisfied.  If they eliminated a couple of the turnovers and scored on those drives, this could very easily have been considered a statement game.

                  This leaves Stratford with only one game remaining in the regular season.  This game has many reasons why it is an enormous game for the program.  Firstly, it is against the cross town rivals, Bunnell.  That means you are automatically playing for a town championship.  Secondly, it is another team that has had the Red Devils number as of late, winning the last eight or so in the series.  After breaking one streak, the Red Devils will be looking to end another one in this series.  Third, this game is for bragging rights for the next 364 days.  The Manning Harvey trophy is up for grabs and Stratford has a special place for it, should they get their hands on it.  Lastly, as previously mentioned, this game could possibly propel the Red Devils into the playoffs.  They cannot afford a loss here if they have any shot. 

                  Offensively, Bunnell is a spread team that is loaded with weapons.  Their quarterback has a very strong arm and loves to sling it all over the field.  He has a knack for extending plays and finding open receivers after the play has broken down.  The Bulldogs have a few all-league or possibly even all-state caliber receivers.  This will pose a good challenge for the Red Devils defense which has been so stout this season.  They will need to put pressure on the QB and force him to get rid of the ball early and rely on their secondary to be athletic enough to hang with the receivers from Bunnell.

                  Defensively, the Bulldogs will play what looks like a 4-4.  They like to bring pressure with their linebackers and they trust their secondary to hang with receivers.  The defense has had its issues this year giving up a fairly good amount of points throughout the season.  Stratford will need to build on its decent performance against Masuk and control the ball and the clock.  The Devils would prefer not to get into a shootout if they don’t have to.  This one is for all the marbles.  Game time is 10AM Thanksgiving morning at Penders’ Field.  Get there early.

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