Showdown in Centreville

Published 12:15 am Thursday, October 25, 2007

Centreville — Both Centreville and WCCA are coming off 1-point wins last week as they prepare to face each other Friday.

Centreville locked up the No. 1 seed with the 35-34 win over Oak Forrest.

Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said his team could relax some with the WCCA game not being a conference game but they would still be ready to play.

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WCCA is coming off a less than stellar performance against Cenla Chrisian.

The only thing that separated WCCA and Cenla was an extra point.

The Rams won 7-6 despite having -6 total offensive yards.

“We lost our starting running back Trumaine Norwood to a high ankle sprain,” WCCA head coach Sam Byrd IV said. “We have to put together a team but it won’t take much to get the kids up for this rivalry game.”

The Rams will be without Norwood this week and their quarterback Cody Cullen is listed day to day due to illness.

“We’re not going to change what we do on offense,” Byrd said. “There will be some kids playing different positions and doing different things.”

Byrd said different people would get carries this week and their goal was to use misdirection to get to the outside.

“We are going to try to get outside their defensive ends,” Byrd said.

Stutzman said the Tigers would continue using the 4-3 defense but he was concerned about his defensive ends.

“The 4-3 has worked well for us all season,” Stutzman said. “The end position has been our weakness. We have to close holes and not leave any gaps open.”

The Tigers plan to spread the ball more out more thisweek Stutzman said.

“We are going to try to pass more against WCCA,” he said. “Depending on what look they give us, we’ll go to run when we need to.”

The Rams will have to keep Centreville’s offense off balance, Byrd said.

“We are going to blitz a lot,” Byrd said. “Our goal is to stop Nick Goudeau and Zack Sinclair.”

The Rams still have work to do before they lock up a playoff position. They are currently eighth in power point rankings but winning out would almost ensure a sport in the post season.

“We are going to do our best to get two more wins,” Byrd. “We need all the points we can get.”