I've watched this several times now and this play was just a perfect storm. DL twisted right out of the gap that Leake ran through. Looks like a run blitz by LB's and just guessed wrong. DB's were in cover 1 and safety was right there in the gap but slipped on the turf. Nothing but green grass and no one catching that guy. This is what happens when you get caught against great players, which Leake is. Again, this was early on the season when East just wasn't playing great, still figuring out the offense and I think it made it hard on the defense, especially in this game. Hopefully the improvement over the last 8 weeks will hold up against a great team from CC.
Catholic threw for some big yards in that game vs WM. Also given short fields due to turnovers so please look into the game before you just say Page had more yards rushing, there was more to it.Leake is also the top RB in his class. Page vs West Meck Page had almost doubled of Catholics rushing numbers
Page's front 7 on D are pretty undersized compared to most other 4AA schools.Page is a bit undersized on the DL right? Or were they just undersized compared to Dudley?
Reminds me of Catholic. Catholic is not the biggest team, but they are well coached and as of late have been getting to the QB very well vs teams with larger than themShockingly small but very effective and hard to block. They gave both the Dudley and EF Olines fits and I would say both are considered way above average lines.
Beal also picks up a significant chunck of passing yards and the remaining yards are distributed in the passing game as East Forsyth passes more than Catholic doesOne thing I've noticed. You have one running back (Christian Beal for East), many are talking about and another running back (Jack Brigham for Catholic), whose name I haven't seen mentioned unless I missed it. Beal has run for 1,392 yards and 22 touchdowns. Brigham has rushed 1,464 yards and 23 touchdowns. Interesting I thought.
Beal also has about 30 more carries as Catholic uses multiple backs where Beal is the primary for EFBeal also picks up a significant chunck of passing yards and the remaining yards are distributed in the passing game as East Forsyth passes more than Catholic does
This is the most "balanced" Catholic team I think ever. We have close to 4000yrds rushing and over 2000 yards passing. For Catholic that is very balanced lolDifferent offenses but Beal has 35 catches for 574 and 5TD...not comparing the same as Catholic is very run dominant and East is virtually balanced if you are looking are yardage
No, I'm not underestimating Catholic. I'm just a realist, realizing you have essentially a 4AA West Region finalist playing down this year at 4A. So, EF should do well. If they didn't, there would be a major problem.Evidently, you're " underestimating " Catholic, too, as you've picked East Forsyth by five.
I will say this......and I'm a Charlotte guy (live there. no horse in the race). If East took Mallard Creek to the limit, then there's a huge problem if with the guys that came back, East can't take care of business, at home, against Catholic.No one underestimating CC. Confident in the team that has grown over the year at EF. Looking forward to a tightly contested game tonight.