Predators fall to Blue Devils in opener
DREHER 29, FOX CREEK 6
By Scott Rodgers
Though the Fox Creek High School football team put on a commendable effort, it wasn’t quite enough.
The Predators fell on the road against Dreher, though there were bright spots for head coach Russ Schneider’s team. Darshon Broadwater returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score to represent the team’s only points.
“This kid is a sleeper, he kicked it into another gear I hadn’t seen,” Schneider said. “You will hear his name a good bit.”
Dreher was able to dominate time of possession, with the Predators running only “6-8 plays” on offense according to Schneider. He stated that his team couldn’t move the ball on offense in the first half and that Dreher “had a real good game plan on us.” However, Schneider was proud of his defense.
“Our defense played great, we were more physical than I thought we would be,” he said. “You can run and do sprints all you want, but you can’t get in game shape until you play in games. My fear going into the game was that we only had one scrimmage because one was canceled because the team canceled and our jamboree and another scrimmage were canceled due to rain. We had one and they had three, and I think that hurt us a bit. In the first game I was also worried about cramping.
“When Dreher is out on offense their defense gets to rest, and when we’re on offense we just flip sides. Most of our kids play both ways and we cramped up a good bit.”
Schneider said that going into the fourth quarter the team was only down 19-6, with the ball inside Dreher’s 10-yard line.
Schneider noted that Deondre Baskett played well in his first game back. Along with Broadwater on the outside, fullback Ike El also proved to be a strong piece on offense.
“I think Darshon is Deondre’s new favorite target,” Schneider said. “Once Ike got warmed up it took four or five people to take him down. If we can block for Ike for a few seconds I think we can spring him. We saw a lot of good things.”
Next up for the Predators is a matchup with McCormick, a team that played in the state championship last year.
“Those kids have learned to win, and once you do that they expect to go back and win it,” Schneider said. “Watching the film they’re as good as they were last year. I think it’s going to be a good ballgame. I think the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will win the game.”