The Bearcats defensively gave up 427 yards to the Cougars offense. The biggest challenge for Steve Clinkscale’s group was to contain the dual threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr. Although Ward ran for 119 yards on 16 carries, they contained him in the passing game holding him to 161 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Game ball number one: Zach Edwards, safety- 11 tackles and 1 interception
Edwards played a sensational game defensively for the Bearcats. He was flying around making plays at the line of scrimmage which is impressive for a safety. He had an interception off a deflection by cornerback JJ Pinckney in the third quarter which led to a Bearcats scoring drive on offense. Right now if I had to give out a defensive MVP award to a player on the defense my vote would go to Edwards.
Game ball number two: Mark Wilson, defensive end- 6 tackles
Wilson earns a game ball from me because of the impact he made containing Ward. Playing against an offense like the Cougars one of the keys is for the defensive end to not be too aggressive or it could lead to big plays in the run the game. For the most part Wilson kept contain on Ward helping the defense keep the game close when the offense was struggling. Wilson wrapped up on tackles making sure the Cougars didn’t gain any additional yards which helped earned him a game ball from me this week.