As of late, the postseason is becoming familiar territory for Reedsvillle.
This season marks the fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs for the No. 6 Panthers (7-2, 4-2 Olympian-Packerland Small) as they hit the road to take on No. 3 Ozaukee (7-2, 3-2 Central Lakeshore Conference).
The rushing attack will be the key for Reedsville. According to WisSports.net, of the Panthers’ 31 regular-season touchdowns, 27 of them came on the ground.
Senior quarterback Brock Gilsdorf is the catalyst for the offense. He led the conference in rushing during the regular season, racking up 1,139 yards and has played a part in 20 of the 31 touchdowns his team has recorded this season.
Reedsville head coach Aaron Fredrick is preparing his team to be ready to pass more frequently, if the situation calls for it.
The Panthers have thrown the ball eight or less times in six of their nine games this season all six of those contests resulted in wins. They are 1-2 in contests where they went to the air 10 or more times.
“We’re going to scheme both ways. It’s supposed to be a windy evening,” Fredrick said. “If we have to throw, we’ll throw, but we’d like to stick with what got us here.”
The Panthers average just over 256 yards per game on the ground. The Warriors’ defense, however, surrenders just under 110 yards per contest via the rush.
Something will have to give.
Fredrick knows that it all starts in the trenches.
“Their defensive line is very aggressive. They have a big defensive line,” Fredrick said. “We studied three films on them and we feel like we know what we’re going to get. We have to be better than them up front.”
The Panthers enter Friday’s contest in search of their first postseason win since a 20-9 win over Northern Elite in 2010.
Reedsville will rely upon its group of seasoned veterans to come up big on the road in the playoffs.
“This is a senior-laden team. This is their team, it has been all year,” Fredrick said. “If they can play well for us, we think it can happen.”