|Wildcats prepping for familiar foe Ada in quarters|
|Wednesday, November 06, 2013 9:24 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Jefferson head football coach Bub Lindeman knows full well what his Wildcats face when they host Ada Friday night in the Region 22 quarterfinals at Stadium Park.
After all, the Wildcats (9-1) — the second seed — just played their Northwest Conference colleague Bulldogs at Stadium Park, falling 25-20 on a last-minute touchdown by the Purple and Gold.
Lindeman figures not much will change between then and now as his Red and White prepare for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs.
“They have a lot of skilled players with a good quarterback — Matt Wilcox. They run that 5-wide offense with no back and then can go out of a double-tight end set and run Blake Ansley between the tackles,” Lindeman explained. “The first time, we hadn’t see Wilcox run a lot in films or scouting reports, so we went with a 3-man line and basically one linebacker to defend the run. We moved Ross (Thompson) out of the box and added a nickel to help with the pass and they took advantage of it. Wilcox audibled them to a run and they hurt us there. We adjusted as the game wore on and went more 4-man line; we defended the run better. However, they run the jail-break and bubble screens to death against you. They don’t necessarily stretch the field vertically; they stretch it sideline to sideline and get their skilled athletes in space.
“Their defense is a lot better than people think. They don’t get the ink or notoriety but that is the biggest improvement in their entire program; they are physical, especially number 61 (Saed Al-Olimat) at defensive tackle; he’s been on varsity for four years. Their entire front five is in their third seasons. They have Ansley and Wilcox in the secondary and they are also third-year starters. This is a veteran defensive team.”
The Jefferson offense, averaging 40.4 points, 247.1 yards rushing (6.4 yards per) and 147.4 yards passing, is led by tailback Zavier Buzard (226 rushes, 1,674 yards, 30 touchdowns; 9 catches, 126 yards, 2), wingback Thompson (18 for 161, 3; 31 catches, 569 yards, 7; 7 pancake blocks), quarterback Austin Jettinghoff (90-of-162 passing, 1,474 yards, 13 TDs, 4 interceptions; 21 punts, 37-2-yard average), wide receivers Tyler Mox (25 catches, 420 yards, 3), Joe Gorman (9 for 106) and Trevor Dudgeon (8 for 133), kicker Kurt Wollenhaupt (46-of-52 extra points) and offensive linemen Adam Crabtree (26 pancake blocks), Isaac Illig (16) and Justin Stewart (14).
The Wildcat defense, ceding 13.7 points, 85.6 yards rushing (2.5 per) and 114.7 yards passing, is led by Thompson (71 solo stops, 38 assists; 9 sacks), Dalton Hicks (67 and 38, 5 for loss), Gorman (48 and 28), Jordan McCann (41 and 22; 7 sacks), Illig (41 and 15, 5 for loss), Tyler Mox (33 and 20; 2 picks), Ryan Kerby (33 and 19) and Trevor Dudgeon and Josh Teman (2 picks each).
Lindeman figures a few things have to change for Friday night’s contest.
“The last time, I think we felt the pressure; we were in the running for the NWC title, an unbeaten record and the playoffs were still unsure. We came out tight and tense; we were not relaxed and we came out slow,” Lindeman added. “We did eventually relax at the half and played better but we had to battle from behind. I don’t anticipate a slow start this time; we have had a great week of practice so far and we seem a lot looser than before. The kids know what they are facing.
“Two of the other areas we did not do well the last time was tackling and simply executing our game plan. We did not tackle well and that had been something we had done well to that point. We had a touchdown called back for a holding penalty, we had another score dropped in the end one and we had an interception dropped. Those are things we had not been doing before; we can’t do them Friday night.”
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.