Game Preview: Norco @ Redlands

Norco High Cougars (Norco, CA), Mountain View League #3 an At Large Entry @ Undefeated Redlands High Terriers (Redlands, CA), Citrus Belt League #1. This is a Southern Section Inland Division Quarterfinal Playoff Match up

Norco High Cougars (Norco, CA), Mountain View League #3 an At Large Entry @ Undefeated Redlands High Terriers (Redlands, CA), Citrus Belt League #1

This is a Southern Section Inland Division Quarterfinal Playoff Match up

 

Kickoff: December 1, 2006 7:30 PM

 

Head Coaches:

Norco: Todd Gerhart

Redlands: Jim Walker

 

Norco is currently 10-2 having played Miller (Fontana, CA) W 42-6, Eisenhower (Rialto, CA) W 52-0, Leuzinger (Lawndale, CA) W 21-7, Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) W 21-20, Palm Springs (CA) W 28-3, Bloomington (CA) W 28-20, Santiago (Corona, CA) W 22-14, Corona (CA) L 23-24, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, CA) W 35-28, Centennial (Corona, CA) L 34-36 with playoff games with Chino Hills (CA) W 34-29 and Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) W 28-17.

 

The Norco Defense allows 17 points per game with 11 Sacks, 53 QB Hurries, 16 Int's and 13 Fumble Recoveries.  Their Offense scores 30.6 with 482 runs for 3347 yards (6.94 avg.) 42 TD's & 33 pass completions in 76 attempts (43.4%) for 541 yards (7.11 yards per attempt) 7 Int's 4 TD's.  Offensively this team runs 85% of the time and they are very good at the run.  Their personality is all about the run as they have more Int's than TD's when they throw.

 

Redlands is currently 12-0 having played Pine Castle Christian Academy (Orlando, FL) W 35-6, Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) W 15-7, Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) W 48-14, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, CA) W 48-25, Carter (Rialto, CA) W 7-6, Fontana (CA) W 2-Forfeit, Eisenhower (Rialto, CA) W 26-7, Yucaipa (CA) W 28-0, Miller (Fontana, CA) W 35-0, Rialto (CA) W 42-7 and Playoff games with Glendora (CA) W 40-21 and Etiwanda (CA) W 21-13. 

 

Redland's Defense allows an excellent 8.8 points per game with 25 Sacks, 14 Pass Defenses, 17 QB Hurries, 11 Int's & 10 fumble recoveries.  Their offense scores 28.9 with 325 runs for 2129 yards (6.55 avg.) 28 TD's & 77 pass completions in 146 attempts (52.7%) for 1334 yards ( 9.13 yards per attempt) 4 Int's 12 TD's.  This is a run team that has the ability to throw when needed.

 

Playmakers to Watch:

Norco

 

  • 5'10" 185 Junior QB Joshua Foley has 25 pass completions in 62 attempt (40.3%) for 455 yards 7 Int's 3 TD's and is the #2 Rusher with 132 carries for 903 yards (an also good 6.84 avg) 17 TD's
  • 6'0" 220 Junior RB Joshua Nakamoto is the #1 Rusher with 226 carries for 1826 yards (an outstanding 8.08 avg.) 20 TD's.  This is 220 pounds of pure runner that we will see on Saturday's in the future
  • 5'8" 190 Sophomore RB Richie Lopez is the #3 Rusher with 87 carries for 448 yards (5.15 avg.) 4 TD's & he has 10 catches for 137 yards (13.70 avg.) 2 TD's.  Richie is an up and comer.
  • 6'3" 185 Senior WR Ej Cheatham is the #1 Receiver with 12 catches for 253 yards (an outstanding 21.08 avg.) 1 TD

 

Defensive Playmakers

  • 6'0" 230 Senior LB Jordan Campbell is the #1 Tackler with 11.9 per game
  • 6'0" 220 Junior LB Damion Whittington is the #2 Tackler with 9.3 per game
  • 5'11" 210 Junior LB Dallas Kelley is the #3 Tackler with 7.9 per game
  • 6'0" 211 Senior DE Charlie Ebenhack is the #4 Tackler with 5.3 per game
  • 6'1" 200 Junior LB Eric Hicks is the #5 Tackler with 5.2 per game
  • 5'8" 185 Senior DB Thomas Taylor is the Int. leader with 4 Int's

 

The Line has 4 kids the average 292 and is led by

 

 

Redlands:

 

  • 6'2" 217 Senior QB Coy Glass has 76 pass completions in 142 attempts (53.5%) for 1321 yards 4 Int's 12 TD's and is the #2 Rusher with 58 carries for 405 yards (6.98 avg.) 7 TD's.
  • 5'7" 167 Senior RB Jeff Duran is the #1 Rusher with 183 carries for 1162 yards (6.35 avg.) 17 TD's
  • 6'0" 175 Senior WR Ryan Counce is the #1 Receiver with 31 catches for 636 yards (20.52 avg.) 4 TD's.  Defensively Ryan is the Int leader with 3 Int's and 2 Fumble Recoveries.
  • 5'8" 141 Senior WR Corey Ham is the #2 Receiver with 15 catches for 308 yards (20.53 avg.) 5 TD's

 

Defensive Playmakers

 

  • 5'11" 205 Senior LB Brandon Phillips is the #1 Tackler with 8.4 per game
  • 6'2" 212 Senior LB Chris Flannery is the #2 Tackler with 5.1 tackles per game
  • 6'1" 255 Senior DL Andrew Smith is the Sack leader with 8 Sack's & 3 QB Hurries

 

The Line has 4 kids that average 289 and is led by

 

  • 5'10 305 Junior Rue Smith
  • 6'5" 292 Senior Brant Martinez
  • 6'2" 282 Senior Eric Schessler
  • 6'1" 272 Junior George Morones

 

My Final Thoughts: 

Norco is a pure run team that has a line heavy enough to support pounding the ball.  They would like to control the ball and the clock with a score at the end of long drives.  This would keep the ball away from a very potent Redlands offense that also runs the ball very well with a line that matches up well with Norco.  Redland's also has the ability to throw the ball to score quickly, along with that run game.  Redlands knows that Norco is a bit one dimensional and will force them to do what they are uncomfortable doing and that's throwing the ball.  No one has figured out Redland's yet, but Norco has got a chance to do what the others have not been able to do.  This is an awesome game and a chance for you to see the makings of the outcome under the Friday Night Lights. 


 

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