The further into the playoffs Neville goes, the better its opponents: Neville coach Mickey McCarty said it himself before the playoffs began and made it clear he wouldn’t want it any other way. To get to the semifinals, Neville’s going to have to do something most teams haven’t been able to do: slow down North DeSoto’s offense.
The North DeSoto offense that’s scored at least 40 points in each of its last five games welcomes Neville to Stonewall for the 4A quarterfinals on Friday, giving a historically good Tiger defense a handful.
“There’s a lot of moving parts to their offense,” Neville head coach Mickey McCarty said. “The closest description to give you is similar to what Georgia Tech’s style of offense. There’s a lot of moving parts to it, a lot to defend there. They do a really good job coaching their kids. They have great playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
“The difficult thing about preparing for them is simulating it in practice. It’s impossible to do at the speed they run it at.”
McCarty sees some similarities in certain plays ran in North DeSoto’s offense to what the Tigers saw in Week 9 against West Ouachita. One major difference presented itself pretty quickly.
“They throw the ball more than I would have anticipated before studying,” McCarty said. “They’ve got playaction off of it where they have the deep threat. They have wide receivers that have done a good job of stretching the field.”
The stats back up McCarty’s assertion: Even in the wingback-based North DeSoto offense, quarterback Kyler Radford has thrown 143 passes, connecting on 59 of them, for 1,016 yards (over 17 yards per completion) and 10 touchdowns. That production has been aided by a running attack with two 1,000-yard rushers: Delmonte Hall (1,124 yards, 20 touchdowns) and Dennis Hall (1,008 yards, 11 touchdowns).
McCarty also knows his offense will have to keep pace against a defense that he calls, “aggressive in movements,” adding the Griffins are known to use a lot of defensive line stunts and to deploy a bevy of both movement and blitzes with their linebackers.
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