Randolph Telephone Game of the Week: Wheatmore at TrinityPosted on October on 08, 2012 @ 16:48:00 by Fred Burgess
Trinity High School
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The game that both teams circle on their schedules at the beginning of the season is the Wheatmore and Trinity game. This will be the fourth time the two have met since Trinity was split four years ago. Trinity holds a two games to one edge, but Wheatmore won the last meeting.
This is a big game for both schools for reasons other than bragging rights. A victory for Wheatmore would most likely put them in the playoffs. You do not know until the final standings are completed, but a win would give Wheatmore five wins on the season which may be enough to get them in the playoffs.
A Bulldog victory would give them their first win of the season and could give them some momentum going into next week's game with Atkins. If Trinity was to win two of their last three games it would be a big boost for the program. I realize that is a tall order for the Bulldogs, but stranger things have hapenned.
The key for Wheatmore victory is for their offense to be consistent. The Warriors have moved the ball at times, but have not had the sustained offense Coach Everhart is expecting. "We have hurt ourselves with penalties and turnovers at times," said Coach Everhart. "We have to limit our mental mistakes."
Quarterback Bryan Robles has played well at times for the Warriors this year. His primary receivers have been Wesley Helmandollar, Bryant Everhart, Garrett Rains, and Jonathon McCoury. Bryan will need to complete some passes to help the Warriors move the ball down the field against the Bulldogs.
Brayton Hardin has provided the Warriors with the majority of their offense this year. Brayton rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns last week in the team's win over Atkins. Offensive linemen like Adam Peace and Uriah Dickens have done a very good job of creating holes for Brayton this season. You can expect the Bulldog defense to key on Brayton. Uriah, Adam and the rest of the offensive linemen will have to play well to control the line of scrimmage.
The Trinity defense has been hurt by injuries and suspensions this season. Jordan Johnson missed last week with an ankle injury and is still questionable for this game. If Jordan plays at 100%, the defense is much much better.
The Bulldog defense must play well and force some turnovers if they are going to win this game. Their defense hinges on the play of senior Colin Erickson and Colin Stout. Erickson has played multiple postions on defense and is a solid football player. Stout will need to play his best game of the year from his linebacker position if the Bulldogs are to pull the upset.
Offensively the Bulldogs have struggled to move the ball. It will be important for the offense to have some early success. Sophomore Aaron Cox needs to have the game of his life at quarterback. Aaron is a very good athlete and capable of making plays, but the young Bulldog offense has just been overwhelmed for most of the season. Aaron will have to run the option offense very well for them to have success.
Look for Wheatmore defensive lineman Jordan Hall to play well Friday. Jordan is tough to block and is capable of making a lot of tackles for losses. "Hall is a very good defensive lineman, but they have several others who we will have a tough time blocking," said Trinity coach Todd Gibson. "Our offensive line will have their work cut out for them."
Linebacker Hunter Sheets has also played well for the Warriors this season. He is the team's leading tackler and Trinity will have to find a way to get him blocked if they expect to score.
Safety Taylor Minton leads the Warrior secondary and will be expected to keep the Bulldogs from breaking a long run. Taylor has played very well this season and has turned into a good high school player. He is not the biggest guy out there, but he seems to always be in the right spot at the right time.
This will be an emotional game that both teams want to win. Who do you think will win the Randolph Telephone Game of the Week.
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