Havre de Grace vs. Edmondson
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.