Week three of the Warriors football season will see its biggest test of the season. Having started with a spilt of two non-conference games against Cincinnati lower level teams, the Warriors will play a battle tested Toledo St. Francis De Sales team looking for payback from last season.
Those who remember the last time these two teams played, the Warriors traveled up I-75 and came away with a narrow victory. This season will be no different. De Sales is fighting to get into the OPS Top 10 and other state polls, while the Warriors are looking to improve on the last two weeks.
The Knights come into this contest with a solid running game that racked up 268 yards on the ground in a 27 - 0 win over Fremont Ross this past week. Led by Robert Garza and Brandon Sprewick this contest was never in doubt. On defense they forced two turnovers in the game and kicker Sean Davis added three field goals in the win.
This game will be a sure test for the Warriors and any slip could have big implications towards a playoff berth. If the Warriors win they will have some nice computer points during the course of the season. A loss and its possible the Warriors could miss the playoffs in 2003. While many things have to happen, and its way to early to even think of the playoffs the Warriors can't let the Knights take a victory back up I-75.
The key to this game will be the defense. At the start of the season the defense was going to be the strong point. While it improved during the second game, much work must still be done. Pour tackling is still the area of most concern along with stopping the run up the middle. Look for big games by David Day, Marcus Freeman, Brandon Waller and Damien Carr for the Warriors to win this game.
The offense has shown great improvement in the quick drop passing game, but the offensive line is still looking at working more as one unit instead of each position by itself. The running game showed some improvement over week one as Thomas Mouser looks like the back from last year. The emergence of Jon Johnson and improvement of Marcus Freeman running the ball will help the passing game. Big play wide receiver Greg Orton can change the course of a game at anytime, but another receiver must step up and take some of the coverage off Orton. The steady play of QB Matt Whited has helped easy any thoughts of a quarterback change. If the Warriors are to win this big game, Whited must steady the ship and perform to his ability.
Being week three the staff must have this team prepared for its biggest test of the season. Being a home game helps the Warriors, but the Knights are not just another team. They want a win to make the bus trip home enjoyable.
Last weeks players of the game
Defense - Brandon Waller Offense - Thomas Mouser
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