Follow The Republic:
Columbus North linebacker Brice McDaniel needs to be ready to attack on Friday when his team hosts Perry Meridian.
McDaniel has the Bull Dogs’ only two sacks of the season. Perry Meridian (4-2 overall, 2-2 Conference Indiana) averages 361.3 passing yards a game.
It’s got to be an unnerving combination for North (2-4, 2-2).
“They’ve got a version of Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback,” North coach Tim Bless said. “He just stands in the pocket and wings it.”
Senior quarterback Conner Smith wings it with great accuracy. He has thrown for 2,139 yards, 29 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
The Falcons threw for 465 yards in a 56-35 win against Bloomington North on Friday and also gained 236 yards rushing.
Perry Meridian is a team that has scored 41 touchdowns this season as compared to 17 for North.
“They have guys with wiggle and they have guys with size,” Bless said of Perry Meridian’s offensive threats.
Perry Meridian’s Daymeon Hamilton is the team’s top wide receiver with 742 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. However, running back Jaquan Keys, who has rushed for 471 yards and one touchdown, has come out of the backfield to grab passes for 725 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
Running back Andrew Robinson has gained 594 yards rushing with seven touchdowns.
That combination of offensive weapons has led to some impressive scoring outputs, such as an 83-78 victory against Decatur Central this season.
The key for North would seem to be time of possession, grinding up the clock with its running game while keeping the Perry Meridian offense on the bench.
Columbus East (6-0 overall, 4-0 Hoosier Hills Conference) should have no such problems Friday when it travels to Madison, which is 2-4 overall but 0-4 in HHC play.
“There are a couple of things with this game,” said East coach Bob Gaddis. “We have to travel and play, and I told our players that to win our conference, and the tournament, we have to travel and play.
“Then Madison’s wide receiver (senior Jordan Partee) is as good as anyone we will see.”
Partee also is a premier long-jumper and wrestler, so he is a skilled athlete. Madison will not only run him at wide receiver but will line him up behind center and have him take the snap.
Madison also has a solid tailback in senior Mitchell Sandlin.
Gaddis said his squad will focus on execution.
“We want to make sure we don’t beat ourselves,” Gaddis said.
Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!
Note: All comments left on our sites are first reviewed by an automated comment moderation system. Your comment may take up to 5 minutes to appear. If for any reason your comment can not be approved you will receive an email from this system with a detailed explanation.
All content copyright ©2013 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.