Crestview’s Jake Harmon runs the ball in a game at Ada last Friday. The Knights return home to face Spencerville Friday at Crestview athletic complex. (Times Bulletin/Cort Reynolds)
BY SEAN LAFONTAINE
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY - The Crestview Knight football team dropped a tough road game last week to the Ada Bulldogs, 26-21. This week, the Knights turn their attention to the 5-2 Bearcats who come to Convoy off a 22-0 win over the Bluffton Pirates.
"They are big and strong up front and that is really what they hang their hat on," Crestview coach Jared Owens said of Spencerville. "As far as consistent size across the line, this may be the biggest team we have faced all season. They have three backs who have good feeling and run hard."
Spencerville will run a lot of read options, and Owens is trying to prepare his kids to be disciplined against the Bearcat attack.
"We want to try and control the line of scrimmage again and we will need to read our keys on defense; that way we aren't getting trapped out of a play and not following a fake. We have worked on being disciplined through the season, but it this weekend will be a good test to see how well disciplined we can be."
Crestview comes into the game averaging 25.9 points per game on offense. They are averaging 329 total offensive yards per game, and Owens knows his offense will be tested against an experienced Bearcat defense.
"Defensively, their line is very good and they're very experienced as well. I think they have nine seniors that start on their defense. Anytime you have that much experience on one side of the ball, you're going to be pretty good."
After facing a potent air attack from Ada last week, Owens commented on the challenge of turning around and having to face a run-first option attack from the Bearcats.
"I don't think it's hard, it's just a different challenge. You have to change your mind set formation-wise defensively. We won't be as creative in our coverage schemes and our blitz packages because they aren't going to try and throw the ball more than seven or ten times. They aren't trying to shock you or anything. You know what you're going to get and it's just a matter of if you can stop it or not."
With only a few games left in the season, the Knights continue to keep their goals the same but hope to have their luck turn around.
"Winning is always our main goal and obviously this weekend is going to be a huge test for us. Spencerville is a really good team," said Owens. "They only have two losses and they have come to two undefeated teams. I feel like we have been getting better. I feel like in our last couple losses we have had four or five plays not go our way. Sooner or later I think those plays are going to go our way and when that happens we need to make those plays and hopefully come out on the other side of the scoreboard."