Lassiter (2-2, 1-0 Region 5AAAAAA) and Woodstock (1-3, 0-1) saw just how true that statement was a week ago as the Trojans were nearly upset by Cherokee and the Wolverines nearly upended Walton.
Neither squad was looking backward, however, as they prepared to face each other tonight at the Wolverine Den.
“I think that it’s a totally different Friday and a totally different game,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “The score is going to start off 0-0, and you just have to go out there and play. I don’t think either team is thinking about last week. I know we’re not.”
Each game in Region 5AAAAAA is key as the four state playoff spots are still up for grabs, which makes every game of equal importance from here on out.
Budde said his players have continued to improve their execution, which is key to success in the spread offense. They know that if they can make the most of each possession on offense, it will go a long way toward a victory.
“Offensively, we are going to try to build off of the confidence we got from last week,” he said. “Defensively, we have just tried to sure up some things and get ready for a Lassiter team that can throw the ball.”
Budde said the Wolverines have traditionally given the Trojans’ offense a hard time.
Part of his plan tonight is to make Lassiter one-dimensional. Budde wants his team to shut down the Trojans’ running game, and force them to throw.
Through the first four games of the season, the Trojans have just one running back, Mason Waters, with more than 200 yards on the season, and just two that have broken the 100-yard mark. Meanwhile, senior quarterback Will Anderson has passed for more than 600 yards.
“You have to try to make them one-handed,” Budde said. “We want to shut down their running game. Pin their ears back and make them throw it. We have to get pressure on the quarterback. Just about every week, at any level, the game will be won upfront.”
Meanwhile, Budde feels the spread offense the Wolverines are running gives them more of an opportunity to play balanced football.
The numbers so far back up his belief.
Woodstock has attempted 128 passes for 864 yards and rushed the ball 129 times for 632 yards. They have six touchdown passes, while toting the ball on the ground for another nine scores.
“You can’t be one-dimensional,” Budde said. “Obviously, last year, our total numbers for the year were 1,800 yards rushing and 800 or 900 yards passing. We were one-handed. We had to run the ball. People think that just because you go to a spread offense, you are throwing the ball every down, but that isn’t the case. Sometimes, it just opens up the run game more. We are trying to be balanced and not be
The Wolverines have continued to use two quarterbacks throughout the season, but Justin Agner has shouldered most of the load. He is 51-for-94 passing for 593 yards and four touchdowns. Alex Motsinger is 23-for-34 passing for 271 yards.
Deante Robinson and Donovan Brand have been splitting the running back duties and have combined for more than 500 of the team’s 632 rushing yards.