allowed the Buccaneers to really open up the playbook this season. Ferragamo said, however, that he has not had to add any new wrinkles to his play-calling, but the more complex blocking schemes often necessary to air it out has elevated Kent Island’s penalty counts.
“We’re making some checks at the line and it’s making the offensive line fidget around a little bit, making some frustrating penalties for us,” Ferragamo said. “But, those things are correctible, and they have to get corrected soon, because we’re in midseason.
“We’re doing more with him,” Ferragamo added of the pre-snap play of Jackson. “So, it’s not just get your hands on the ground and go on ‘One.’ Sometimes, there are some words between, so it’s a byproduct of that.
“Some of these other penalties, when you throw the
ball, there are going to be more holding penalties,” Ferragamo continued. “It’s part of the game, there are penalties all over the place.”
Nevertheless, the Bucs are 4-0, and in the thick of the Class 2A East Region playoff seedings. Ferragamo won’t be looking ahead too far, but, for now, is pleased with where the team stands.
The emergence of Finlay as the lead rusher has also stabilized what was initially a by-committee runningback corps, and his ability to wait for the blocks to materialize and run for major yardage should only open up the passing game moving forward.
The Bucs’ roll call of past running backs are distinguished, and Finlay is now in the driver’s seat to carve out his own niche in the program’s lore.
“I’ll talk about it from Dylan’s perspective,” Ferragamo said. “Dylan puts us in a position where he’s going to do what the play is designed to do. He’s going to run in the right spot, he’s going to protect the football
and we can trust him to do the right thing. Because of that, he’s getting the bulk of the carries.
“He’s a very disciplined football player.”
Kent Island led 16-0 at the half, scoring on a firstquarter safety, while Finlay and Jackson crossed the end zone once each in the second period. Walker’s 55-yarder and Finlay’s 1-yard score capped the scoring after intermission, and kicker Joseph Garvey nailed all four of his extrapoints.
The Buccaneers’ scoring differential now is a neatand-tidy 168-22, but the schedule ramps up significantly from here on out.
Kent Island hosts South Bayside contender Parkside next Friday, visits Oakdale on Oct. 13, followed by a North Bayside/2A East gambit of Easton, North Caroline and Queen Anne’s County.
“You’re definitely planning for the future,” Ferragamo said of the team’s impending workload, especially the growing reps for Finlay. “We have a huge test coming for us on Friday, and with Oakdale on the schedule, North Caroline to play, and Queen Anne’s still to play, we’ve got some work ahead of us.
“But, I think if you start planning for the future, you don’t have a future,” Ferragamo added. “We’re trying to win every single game we’re playing that night.”
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