Every week we’ll be breaking down the film from some of the area’s games to try and figure out why certain teams had success and trying to identify some trends.
This week we look at how Crowley was able to complete a last second 50-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half against Cecilia, how Church Point’s Frederick Williams flipped the script on Kaplan for Church Point to stun the Pirates and remain undefeated.
1. Broussard to Johnson for a long touchdown to close the first half
At the end of the first half Crowley only had a couple of seconds left on the clock and trailed Cecilia. With a quarterback they knew they could trust not to turn the football over in senior Pate Broussard, the Gents decided to take a shot for the end zone from the 50-yard line rather than kneeling the ball to go into halftime trailing.
The Gents lined up with four receivers, two to each side, and ran a streak/post combination on the left side of the formation to try and bring one of the Bulldogs’ deep safeties up and get one-on-one coverage for the outside receiver Xavier Johnson.
The route combination works to a degree, with the safety coming down when he recognizes the post route. But the other safety (No. 10) rotates over to the deep middle well when he recognizes the play. But Broussard delivers a good ball, the ball traveled roughly 45 yards in the air, allowing Johnson to attack it in the air and win the battle before strolling into the end zone.
The play Johnson makes on the ball cannot be overlooked. He risks himself getting crushed by the safety and all the while keeps his feet and maintains balance to get into the end zone.
What it Means:
Crowley went on the win the game by one point and remain undefeated on the season. With an explosive passing game combined with running back Ty’Von Griffin the Gents have an offense that should keep rolling.
Any defensive coach will you the easiest way to shut down an offense is to make them one dimensional. You scheme away their preferred way of moving the ball, whether running or throwing, and make them beat you with their weakness. The reason why the Gents are so difficult to stop is because they can move the ball as effectively on the ground as they can through the air. Cecilia coach Terry Martin called their scheme “very multiple” Saturday after the game. If they can continue that balance teams will struggle to stop them throughout the season.
2. Frederick Williams takes it to the house
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Church Point Bears were trailing Kaplan and needed a touchdown drive to tie the game.
Well, Frederick Williams decided he could do the touchdown drive all by himself on the kickoff.
The low, squib kick gets by Williams at first and rolls all the way to Church Point’s 20-yard line before Williams picks it up and starts his return. He begins moving to his right and it looks like Kaplan’s coverage is designed to stop a return that way. But before any defenders can get a hand on him, Williams cuts back and tests Kaplan’s backside coverage on the return.
The Bears probably get away with a block on the back to spring Williams from the first would-be tackler. Looking at the block on tape it is hard to tell, but it looks like the type of block that often gets called. But the rest of the way is all Williams.
He fools the outside defender with a smooth inside hop cut and then jukes outside by passed the next defender. From there it’s a foot race and there aren’t many people in the state that are capable of catching Williams in one of those.
What it Means:
The return is probably the one thing Kaplan didn’t want to happen. The Pirates defense had been playing strong all game, although they had allowed some big plays in the second half.
The return set Church Point up with what felt like the momentum for Kaplan’s offensive drive to end the fourth quarter and into overtime. The Bears eventually went on to win the game and stay undefeated with a tough win on the road.
Kaplan is still a very good team, the Bears had trouble moving the ball consistently throughout the night, relying on big plays for a lot of their points. If the Pirates can stay disciplined and limit those big plays going forward they bounce back quickly.