Pretty sloppy game on both sides. Fumbles from both on the opponents goal line. ALA defense gave up several big plays to the RV rushing game but they did move the ball on the ground themselves fairly well. The ALA passing game was not there. Qb missed several open receivers and had others dropped. It didn't help that there 6'6" receiver was out again, and then when their other top receiver hurt his shoulder late in the game it pretty much sealed their fate. If ALA had managed to win this I don't think they would have had much left to challenge Yuma Catholic with. Rv is going to have to defend the pass much better to have a shot at beating YC who seems to be playing their best right now. They can pass as well as anybody in d5.
I have thought all year the only real way to beat RV is through the air. If you can open the game up by throwing the ball against them, it will loosen the run D. It is clear the defensive philosophy is to shut down the run and make teams beat them through the air.
The problem becomes that RV is such a grind it out team themselves that time of possession doesn't give the opposing offense many chances. They can go an entire half of football only allowing the opposing offense to touch the ball twice.
Blue Ridge won against Show Lows team of the century last night with long drives, and ball control offense. Show Low scores only 7 points really!!!! On the opposing side Show Low, regardless of the situation played 2 deep safeties 99% of the game and it cost them. If they would have walked an 8th man into the box and Stopped BR from the 4 yard runs all night, Show Lows offense would have had more possessions and more opportunity to score. At that level, with teams that good it comes down to coaching decisions, and BR controlled the line of scrimmage and came out with a win.
RV---YC will be decided on how well both coaching staffs adjust to stopping what the other team wants to do. I always will favor the team that is capable of 3 yards and a cloud of dust and stingy defense.
I agree Sprinkler. I will be the first to eat crow and say that I was wrong about RV. I honestly didn't buy in to them due to their schedule. They have shown, especially the last two weeks that they can beat anybody. I wish them all the best Saturday. If the YC passing attack is as good as it was against Thatcher, it will be a tall order to beat them. RV does, however have the right type of team to keep the YC offense off the field and grind out a win. I'm rooting for the Elks on this one!