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Block looking to add in passing game

Jonesville — Block High School has been steam rolling through teams since Week 8, but that may not be the case as they prepare for No. 3-seeded West St. John in the third round of the LHSAA Class A playoffs.

With a tough game on the line Friday, the Bears will have more than turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving Day as they still have to stay focused on the task at hand.

“We’ll come through early Thursday morning and do a walk through to get ready for West St. John,” Block head coach Benny Vault Jr. said.

Vault said he knows his players won’t mind working hard through the holidays as they have a little extra incentive to beat West St. John.

“We played them a few times in the playoffs since the 80s and we haven’t beat them yet, so our guys are motivated to beat them,” he said.

The Bears will be working extensively in the one area that plagues them — their passing game. Though Block has been great running the ball, Vault said they must have variety in their offense in order to keep their opponents guessing.

“We have to have some balance,” Vault said. “We’ve been run heavy, averaging about 400 yards a game on the ground, but we have to start throwing the ball more.”

That is where Vault turns to quarterback Trevor Vault. Coach Vault said his quarterback must get more comfortable in the pocket and give hem another offensive option.

“He has to get out there and throw the ball more,” Vault said. “If we can come up with 60 to 70 yards passing, we’ll be fine.”

Defensively, Vault said they have filled their depth chart with players coming off the injured reserve list, and he’s expecting them to do some special things after missing a majority of the season.

“We got back one of our kids, Chris Sikes, a defensive tackle, and he’s hard to block inside,” Vault said.

The Block Bears will host West St. John at 7 p.m. Friday.