Today was all about the defense.
The offense not even knowing what to do had to fend off a group of
all-everythings that had to do little more then tee off in an effort to stop
them. That's not good, but even in the face of an overwhelming amount of
adversity, there were still some that did manage to shine. Center Josh McNeil
out of Collins, Mississippi, who like most offensive players started off slow,
but once the offense got part of their system integrated, he was getting a
rhythm and as he said, coming back in style. "Yeah, we started off slow, but you
figure that's going to happen," Josh said. "We got it going though and I know I
had at least seven pancakes." McNeil is committed to the
The offensive line was almost
totally overmatched the entire practice as they were trying to learn and fend
off the 300 pounders at the same time, but future
It's funny about these events, though, as players you only hear about and see on film or in pictures, you can finally see up close and personal and often, they aren't quite what you expected.
Reginald Youngblood fit that to a
tee, but only because as big and as imposing as you think he is, stand close to
him. He's more imposing than that. One of the best battles of the day was
Youngblood versus Oak Creek High's Raymond Henderson.
Because of the offensive
You didn't have to tell the defense to get better. In fact, you practically had to tell them to tone it down. Well, at least Ryan Perrilloux might have said that when defensive tackle Jerrell Powe lit the super-QB up in the backfield.
Yes, there is that little rule about not taking players down, but you tell someone to just stop a 340 pound lineman and we'll see how that goes. "Hey, I'm a big man," Jerrell said. "I can't just stop like those little running backs."
He along with Demarcus Granger literally owned the middle, both appearing to be even in this game of titans, men amongst boys, but they had a nice compliment to the outside with players like Aaron Lewis, Raymond Henderson, Marcus Shavers, just to name a few.
In fact, for most, that defensive front was the most dominating factor all day. "We were on them the whole time," Demarcus Granger said. "In a game like this, you have to come strong and we were bringing it from the second we touched the field."
You have to give it to the defensive-side as this was their practice to dominate and they did that and then some. As the offense continues to learn the ultra-simplified schemes, though, they will start to come back a little more and then, a little more. It's what they are looking forward to, because at least for today, it was all good for the bad boys of the West.