I don't know what Jackson has so I can't say for sure how we will match up, but I'm with the Tri-Valley guy, I have a hard time seeing this team tapping out. They played in a very cold low 40's pouring rain last week, and coach Buttermore had shorts on and maybe a couple of players had long sleeves on. This speaks to the mentality that he brought to this team. As far as "Little Buttermore" he is about my size 5'8" 160, and like me when i was his age, he plays much bigger than his size. Not only that, he is a very smart football player and appears to always be in the right position and leverage in coverage, and provides great run support from the safety position. I hope it does come down to him, because i like him that much as a player. As far as you saying I think the RB coming back makes a difference, I didn't say that. He probably won't see much playing time, as the injury has hindered his conditioning and development this year. The Van Meter kid is simply playing better right now anyways. What I really like about this team is that we are not one dimensional on offense. Most teams with a QB like Crouch want to throw the ball all over the field (as we did last year), Buttermore has brought a more balanced approach and doesn't force things. He will run when the defense calls for it, and he will pass when the defense calls for it. I don't know how well your pass rush is, or how well your DCoord disguises coverage, but the coaching has seemed to adjust well when teams try to put pressure on Crouch. What I didn't mention, that he is a very good runner too. Doesn't have top speed, but enough to move the chains, and good a following his blockers. And if he is flushed out of the pocket, his arm strength and accuracy is just as good throwing against his body. I'm not saying that he is Johnny Unitas, but he is better than any QB that i've seen out of Pickerington North or Central if you are familiar with their programs (my nephew played there and i used to live there and follow their programs) and they tend to produce lots of talent. If any of you remember a kid named Chris Smith from South Point back around 2005 or so, think of him but mobile.teach1coach2 wrote: ↑Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:09 pmCheeseburger,
I'm a Tri-Valley guy and can assure you that no Buttermore coached team is going to tap out. I watched Bo Buttermore play for Tri-Valley varsity his freshmen and sophomore seasons and he is one of the smartest football players you will see and hits like a linebacker. Granville beat Johnstown and I have trouble believing you are going to be more physical than them. Granville will be motivated to get the school's first playoff win and they got it moved to turf to take advantage of their speed.
It's week 11 and hard to compare teams who have played different opponents, but I have a hard time seeing anyone quitting in the 4th quarter no matter the score. Those teams don't usually see week 11.
I only know Granville, I haven't seen the first highlight of Jackson, so it's premature for me to say Granville in a close game pulling away at the end. I only say that because I've seen what this coach and players are capable of, and what I think their mindset is. I don't personally know the coach or any of this group of players, I just know what i've seen watching them this year as a person myself who used to coach kids in football.
What i've seen is an offense that is capable of big plays and quick scoring drives with finesse plays, and an offense that is also capable of sustaining long drives and being physical when challenged. I've seen a defense that has let up very few big plays and makes the other team sustain drives if they are going to score. What I didn't mention is the Punter/Kicker. You will like his leg, he looks like your prototypical kicker....tall and lanky. He is a weapon in changing field position, and can also kick a FG if needed. He may be the actual difference in this game.
As far as being physical, as noted above, we out-physicaled a Johnstown-Monroe team that was the #1 team in Division V when we played them, and they are currently the #1 seed in their region and a side note, they are taking on Ironton this weekend in the playoffs. We also demolished a usually physical Licking Valley team on their home field a couple of weeks ago.
I hope your team is as good as you say they are, because as fans, we will have a very entertaining game to watch. I'm hoping my team wins, and as a good fan you will be cheering on your team. May the best team win, and keep winning in the playoffs, and may there be no serious injuries.......and for both of our sakes, let's hope the officials don't decide the game either way!