The GWOC is a super conference because of games like the one this week for the Wayne Warriors. Making the road trip to Piqua, the Warriors will have to step up another notch and fight a tough team in the Indians.
Coming off the biggest win of the season makes a coaches job tough. Getting your team to come down and prepare for the next game takes time and patience. Coach Minton talks about doing this in our Coaches comments before the start of Friday nights game.
The Piqua Indians come into the contest at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in GWOC play. During the time of the new conference the West has the upper hand against the East. The only team to fight off the West during this time is Wayne. Will that change on Friday night? The Indians hope so, and are ready for a battle with many computer points up for grabs.
The Indians have a balanced offense with 745 yards rushing and 854 passing in the first six games. The Indians have scored 101 points with an average of 16.83 per game and average 266.50 yards per game. The Warriors offense will run the ball and then pass. Having posted 1,055 yards rushing and 654 yards in the air, for an average of 284.83 yards a game. The Warriors lead the GWOC in scoring with 193 points for an average of 32.17 per game.
The question this week for the Warriors, Who will start at QB? Matt Whited has been the starter since the season started, and in games he‘s started the Warriors have a 5-1 record. In the game last week Matt was replaced with Alex Early who lead the Warriors to the victory over Xenia. Will Whited get the start or has Early earned the starting job? In talking with Coach Minton he told OPS " Its up for grabs. Its hard to replace Matt because he's done a very good job and we have a 5-1 record. But during last weeks game we felt we had to make a change and it worked for us. The position is being fought for during practice this week and Wednesday we will have a starter". Matt has some nice numbers posting 56 of 93 60% for 593 yards 4 TD, 2 INT.
Piqua counters with Ryan Karn who's posting some nice numbers himself. Ryan has hit on 55 or 102 53.92% for 854 yards 9 TD, 7 INT. In watching some game film of the Indians we saw Ryan go deep and stretch the field. This is a big reason for the high numbers of interceptions but many passes just missed receivers for big gains.
When the QB's pass the ball look for Austin Netzley (17 receptions 250 yards 2 TD's) and Bryant Haines ( 24 receptions 448 yards 8 TD's) to get the ball. Haines is looking like one of the best receivers the Indians have put on the field in some time. For the Warriors the passing game starts with Greg Orton (25 receptions 316 yards 4 TD's) the Indians will look to shut down Orton, but in recent weeks running back Thomas Mouser (15 receptions 117 yards 1 TD's) has picked up the slack for the other receivers. Also keep an eye on Sophomore Billy Viers, he has shown improved play each week and is becoming another threat for the Warriors.
Running the ball is what the Warriors like to do with its big O-line and Mouser. On the season Mouser is sitting on top of the GWOC with 620 yards on 101attempts. The hard nosed back has scored 8 touchdowns and only fumbled once this season. The Warriors also will hand the ball off to Marcus Freeman ( 33 attempts, 294 yards, 5 TD's) For the Indians look for Brian Snyder ( 67 carries, 338 yards, 2 TD's, 1 fumble) and QB Karn (71 carries, 208 yards, 2 TD's, 1 fumble ) to carry the load.
Defense for the Indians is very even. Giving up 859 rushing yards and 854 passing yards puts the Indians in the middle of the pack of the GWOC. The Warriors have given up 913 rushing yards and only 498 passing. As everyone knows the Warrior D starts with Marcus Freeman. The linebacker showed signs that recruiting was a hassle and with it over recorded 15 tackles against Xenia last week. Piqua has seen Ben Burnside ( 2 fumble recoveries) Netzley ( 3 interceptions ) and Haines ( 2 interceptions ) lead the way.
WAYNE ATHLETIC BOOSTER
Wayne will have the advantage in special teams with Mouser returning punts ( 13.58 yards ), kickoff returns are close with Mike Mickens ( 27.40 yards ) for the Warriors and Netzley ( 23.20 yards ) for the Indians. The kicking game has Drew Eby for Wayne and Joe Hudson for Piqua. The advantage is for the Warriors, and Eby. With an average of 58.73 yards per kickoff, teams have found the 20 yard line home for most of the season. In the area of field goals and extra points Hudson sits with 2 or 4 FG, 11 or 14 XP. Eby leads the GWOC with 36 points and has made 4 or 8 FG, 24 of 24 XP on the season.
For the season Piqua has scored 101 points and given up 104, the Warriors have scored 193 points and given up only 65 in 6 games. This doesn't mean anything when these two teams take the field on Friday night. This should be another great crossover battle in the GWOC and a game you should try and see. If you can't make the game tune into OhioPrepScene.com for the live broadcast starting with pre-game at 7:00 p.m. and kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
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