Game Preview: Woodbridge vs Foothill

Woodbridge Head Coach Rick Gibson will see something on Friday that he's not seen in 22 years of coaching...

Rick Gibson will see something on Friday that he's not seen in 22 years of coaching when his Irvine Woodbridge opens Sea View League action against Santa Ana Foothill at Tustin High Stadium. Woodbridge completed non-league play at 4-1.

 

Foothill (3-2) uses a rotating system at quarterback whereby senior Brendon Clarke and junior Chad Miller shuttle in plays after nearly every down.

 

Clarke and Miller both stand at about 6'6" and can run and gun out of coach Doug Case's option offense. "I've never seen that," said Gibson. "The two almost mirror each other and they don't skip a lot in the transition. I guess Foothill is sold on that."

 

Gibson said that Foothill's platoon quarterback system won't pose any particular matchup problem, but Clarke or Miller can individually be an issue. "They are both very good runners and very good passers."


Gibson said also that he has seen the Knights play in person, and addition to giving Clarke and Miller high marks, he likes Foothill's defense as well. "They are the best tackling team that I've seen in a couple years."


Foothill better make sure tackles, because if they don't get Warrior RB Byron Williams on the first tackle, he's gone.

 

Williams has aready put up big numbers, including a combined 275 yards rushing/receiving, 3 TD's in 32-25 win over Irvine Beckman; totaled another 270 in 20-10 win v. Irvine; piled up 290, 3 TD's in 27-21 triumph v. University; racked up 185, 4 TD's v. Garden Grove.


"Williams is as natural an athlete as I've seen and has skills you can't teach, like setting up blocks," said Gibson. "I've coached two all-CIF running backs before and Byron's abilities are right there."


Woodbridge has a steady QB in junior David Ingram who last week threw for 312 yards and totaled 3 TD's against Beckman. When defenses stacks the line, Ingram can find Williams with swing passes. Michael Roberts and TE Kyle O'Mara are solid receivers for the Warriors. Victor Sine has been effective at RB.


"Ingram started as a sophomore last year. He does a lot of things well and is accurate," said Gibson. Ingram has completed 48 of 87 passes, 5 TD's, but has tossed up only two INT's.


Not only does Foothill share QB duties, the Knights suit-up a number of multi-purpose players and spread it out among them. In a 44-14 victory against El Modena of Orange, Clarke and Miller both recorded TD runs and passes; tailback Michael Camacho ran for 100 yards, 2TD's; Matt Henry caught 3 passes 83 yards; Luke Roberts TD catch; Mike Crenshaw passed, caught and ran; and Greg Carter booted a FG.


Foothill receiver's Austin Lee and Patrick Clarke got nonleague playing time and put up good numbers.


Foothill has been opportunistic on defense, with Greg Walker's 3 interceptions. Roberts returned a fumble 85 yards, giving the Knights a 6-0 lead against 5-0 Santa Margarita, before losing in the final two minutes.


Woodbridge operates its defensive alignment through speedy senior linebackers Alex Keimach, Ricardo Sifuentes, and Matt Sujisuki, who can all defend the run and pass.

 

When you look at the losses on the records of Foothill and Woodbridge, neither can be ashamed. Foothill had OC power Santa Margarita pinned to the mat, and slowed OC's top rushing team, Tustin, long enough to pull within 28-14. The Warriors were simply out played in its only loss 35-21, to highly ranked Laguna Hills.     


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