Chambersburg’s run defense faced a wing-T offense last week and shut it down.
If the Trojans can do that again this week against an option running attack, it will greatly increase their chances of going to 3-0 in the young football season.
The non-league contest is Friday at Red Lion against the 2-0 Lions.
South Western’s wing-T was bottled up last week to the tune of 51 net yards on 40 attempts. Of those 40 carries, 18 resulted in a loss or no gain.
“With our run defense last week, the kids just flew around, and we put a lot of pressure on them,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said.
“We’ll need the same kind of thing this week, trying to take care of their inside running game. Their biggest play has been the quarterback faking to a back, and then he follows a pulling guard off tackle.”
Luther pointed out the fine play of down linemen Tyrion Hodges and linebackers Terell Williams and Bryce Diller in last week’s game.
“Terell played a phenomenal game, Bryce played well in the middle and shut down the inside trap, and Wyatt and Tyrion did a great job on the line,” he said.
Red Lion will mostly rely on the running of back Devyn Gurreri (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), who has 120 yards on 13 carries and has scored four touchdowns, and quarterback Nic Shultz (6-0, 175), who has 105 yards on 11 attempts.
Shultz has also completed 6 of 13 passes for 80 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.
Possibly the Lions’ most exciting player is junior Randy Fizer (6-0, 152). He has one option run for 31 yards, has caught 2 balls for 45 yards and a score, returns kickoffs (he has one for 55 yards) and punts and has picked off two passes from his safety spot on defense.
Luther said, “He’s their go-to athlete, and he’s the focal point when they want to pass the ball. We’ll need to know where he is on the field at all times.”
While South Western played well on defense last week, at one point trailing only 14-7 in the third quarter, the Trojans gradually wore them down.
Part of that is that running back Keyshawn Jones does not have to be a one-man gang this year. He’s carried 21 times for 173 yards, but his backup, Jayden Jones, has 154 yards on 13 carries. He also caught a pass down the seam from Brady Stumbaugh for 38 yards on a third-and-23 play in the second period.
“Jayden stepped in and had some great runs,” Luther said, “and he helped break the game open.
“The nice thing is the starting five on the offensive line is playing well, and we have three or four guys playing well on the defensive line, so the big guys can get a break. We don’t have to use them both ways.”
That helped last week in the muggy conditions.
Luther said, “Red Lion plays a lot of kids both ways, so we hope our depth is an advantage Friday. It puts us in a better situation when kids can get a rest — I think they can physically and mentally make more plays if they’re fresh.”
NOTES: The Lions have beaten McCaskey 39-14 and Waynesboro 14-12 … The Indians scored the final TD last week, but failed on a tying 2-point attempt … Waynesboro ran for 240 yards … In the past four years, Red Lion has put up 34 victories.