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Now for something completely different, at least if you are Columbus East football coach Bob Gaddis.
The Seymour High School football team, which is led by first-year coach Josh Shattuck, has new offensive and defensive philosophies after the resignation of long-time coach Jeff Richey.
“It is a completely different look than what we had seen for a long time,” said Gaddis, whose team will be opening Hoosier Hills Conference play.
Seymour went from a run-and-shot offense to an option. After getting banged up in the opener, Seymour senior quarterback Austin Sutton didn’t play last Friday and is questionable for the East contest. Freshman Jackson Morris would start if he is unavailable.
Week 3 opponents
WHERE: Seymour High School
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
COACH: Josh Shattuck
KEY OWLS: WR/S Zach Schlatterer, WR/CB Luke Dover, WR/LB Chase Dover, QB Austin Sutton (questionable), RB/LB Elijah Toborg
LAST MEETING: Columbus East won 60-14 in 2012
WHO: Bloomington North
WHERE: Columbus North High School
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
COACH: Scott Bless
KEY COUGARS: RB Hunter Jastremski, WR Alex Richardson, C Z Stephenson, DB Holdon Jastremski
LAST MEETING: Columbus North won 40-13 in 2012
The new defense is an unusual “3-3 stack.”
The 3-3 stack defense uses three down linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs. Usually it is an aggressive defense which tries to confuse an offense with aggressive blitzing.
“It would be good for our guys (as an instructional tool) because they haven’t seen it,” Gaddis said. “You’re either staying the same or getting better.”
East, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A team at 2-0, figures to get better against a Seymour squad that has given up 120 points in its first two losses.
While the Olympians will see some unfamiliar systems, Columbus North hosts Bloomington North in a match-up that features head coaches who are brothers.
“We’re always two very similar teams, and that’s probably by design,” said Bloomington North head coach Scott Bless. “They look a lot like us.”
Both Scott Bless and his brother, Tim, are big proponents of playing tough defense and running the ball.
“Our players also see each other during the summer when we have a lifting competition, and we face them at the IU camp in June,” said Tim Bless, who coaches Columbus North. “The kids are familiar with each other. They know each other’s weight room numbers.”
Bloomington North is coming off a 45-20 victory against Bedford North Lawrence after a 49-21 loss to Columbus East.
“They come into this game with some momentum, a little swagger,” Tim Bless said. “That can be a powerful thing.”
The Bull Dogs (0-2) are trying to find some confidence after a 48-13 loss to Columbus East.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Bless said. “They came in Saturday morning and were very workmanlike. They are wanting to get better.
“More than anything, they need to believe in the process. This is a brand new season, and Conference Indiana never has been more up for grabs.”
Both Columbus North and Bloomington North have been hurt by their opponents’ big offensive plays. So the defense that best limits those 20-yard gains might key the victory.
Tim Bless said his brother’s team has two very explosive offensive players in senior tailback Hunter Jastremski and junior slot Alex Richardson.
“Richardson has made some explosive plays in both games,” Tim Bless said. “Jastremski is another Eric Dickerson type running back with a straight up running style.”
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