Havre de Grace vs. Ed­mond­son

Cecil Whig - - & - By MATT HICKS

Spe­cial to the Whig

What Havre de Grace needs to do to win: The War­riors must main­tain of­fen­sive bal­ance and limit turnovers (three last week). Led by dual-threat quar­ter­back Mikey Flosser (123 com­ple­tions for 1,792 Yards, 20 touch­downs and six in­ter­cep­tions), run­ning back Ja­sai Stans­bury (148 car­ries for 721 yards and five touch­downs) and re­ceiver Jor­dan Day (38 re­cep­tions for 708 Yards and seven touch­downs), Havre de Grace pro­vides a host of chal­lenges for Ed­mond­son. How­ever, it must get all skill play­ers in­volved.

A week ago against Sur­rattsville, Day man­aged just one catch for 13 yards and a touch­down. To beat the Red Storm, who scored 40 points last week, the War­riors must find a way to get Day the ball more in an ef­fort to open up the of­fense for co­or­di­na­tor Andy Downs. Flosser must be wary of Red Storm de­fen­sive back She­mar Barnes, who en­ters with five in­ter­cep­tions and one de­fen­sive touch­down.

De­fen­sively, the War­riors need to bring pres­sure on Ed­mond­son quar­ter­back Teon Gard­ner (83 com­ple­tions for 1,476 yards and nine touch­downs). For the War­riors to ad­vance, they must get an ef­fort from their de­fen­sive front sim­i­lar to last week, when it forced four turnovers and recorded three sacks.

What Ed­mond­son needs to do to win: The Red Storm need to use the ag­gres­sive de­fen­sive front of the War­riors to it’s ad­van­tage, uti­liz­ing screen passes and short pass­ing routes. Play­mak­ers catch­ing the ball in space will force the Havre de Grace de­fen­sive backs to make dif­fi­cult tack­les. Pre­vi­ous op­po­nents were un­able to ac­com­plish this due to their in­abil­ity to pass the foot­ball, but a quick pass­ing game and speed from the Red Storm could pro­vide fits for the War­riors.

De­fen­sively, the Red Storm must shut down re­ceiver Jor­dan Day. Take a page out of Havre de Grace’s last matchup when Sur­rattsville held him to just one catch. If Ed­mond­son can force Flosser to lean on other tar­gets, the Red Storm will have a bet­ter chance of reach­ing the quar­ter­back and forc­ing longer pass­ing downs.

What to ex­pect: A high scor­ing shootout. Havre de Grace and Ed­mond­son are led by ex­plo­sive quar­ter­backs who com­plete more than 50 per­cent of their passes and are able to hurt de­fenses with their legs. On the fast-play­ing sur­face at James R. Har­ris Stadium, ex­pect a high scor­ing game dom­i­nated by the teams’ top re­ceivers who can at­tack the ball and pro­vide yards af­ter catch. The abil­ity for War­riors kicker Clay Har­ris to hit field goals (12 of 14 on field goal at­temptss this sea­son, long of 41) could be the dif­fer­ence in a tight con­test.

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