|Dawgs want repeat of winning effort over speedy Lake Co. |
|Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008 10:40 am |
The Gleason Bulldogs are in uncharted territory preparing for their second round TSSAA Class A playoff game, but GHS head coach Noah Lampkins isn’t changing course.
Haul him down — Gleason’s Nicky Spain (bottom) made a terrific open field tackle in the Bulldogs’ playoff win over Trinity Christian Academy last week. The Bulldog defense will need a similar effort against the Lake County Falcons.
“We’re just following our normal routine. On Monday, we worked on special teams and introduced some new stuff. Since then, we’ve been going over what Lake County does on offense and defense,” the Dawgs coach said.
Gleason is coming off its first football postseason win in school history, a 36-30 road upset of the Trinity Christian Academy Lions. In round two of the playoffs, Gleason will travel to Tiptonville to take on the Lake County Falcons at 7 on Friday night.
“Everybody in town and school is excited. We’re trying to keep the kids level-headed, telling them that there are bigger things ahead of them,” Lampkins said. “I was a little worried about how they would react to such an emotional win, but they’ve been focused. I’ve told them not to be overconfident going into this game.”
Gleason (6-5) stopped the Falcons, 30-18, when they met in Week 4 of the regular season. The loss was the third of four consecutive defeats for Lake County (7-4). In their six-game winning streak since last facing GHS, the Falcons are averaging 40.3 points per game and allowing just 15.5 points to their opponents.
“They’ve made some changes. They’re playing Carlos Young more at the quarterback spot and they’ve added some wrinkles,” the Dawgs head man said about how Lake County reversed its fortunes.
Those “wrinkles” include im-plementing a more wide-open spread offense that some have called the unorthodox A-11, but Lampkins disagrees and calls it just a multiple spread.
“They’re just spreading people out. They just snap the ball to the quarterback and let him go. They’re putting the ball in their athlete’s hands,” Lampkins said.
Young isn’t the only Falcon speedster. Dominic Kimble, Patrick Robertson and Ricky Boyd are all capable of scoring on any play.
Gleason has enough speed to match up with Lake County and again wants to limit big plays.
“We’ve got to call the right coverages and line up where we’re supposed to. We want to make them use long drives,” the Gleason coach noted.
Just as in their first meeting, the Dawgs want to control the clock and keep the ball away form the Falcons with another strong showing by their running game. In Gleason’s win last week, Shadow Roney, Alex Verdell and Zach Wallace all rushed for more than 100 yards.