After routing LaFayette 46-14 last week, Knights coach Robert Braucht hopes his players will be able to put together a consistent performance, much like they did last week. That, however, is something River Ridge (1-3) has struggled with all season long.
“I’ve been saying it for weeks,” Braucht said,
“but offensively and defensively, we have to be more consistent.”
Braucht acknowledged that the Knights, who have given up more than 20 points in the first half of all three of their losses, have struggled with maintaining a high level of play for an entire game.
“Sometimes, we look good. And, sometimes, we don’t perform so well,” he said. “Football is a game of four quarters, and we have to remember that.”
As Northwest Whitfield (2-1) operates out of the spread offense, Braucht feels that having a disciplined defense will be vital for the Knights to keep the Bruins in check.
“The truth is, you don’t have to do anything special against the spread. You just have to make sure that your kids line up properly and know what they are supposed to do and be where they are supposed to be,” Braucht said. “We just need to read our keys and stay home defensively.”
Braucht plans on using motion in the backfield to counter Northwest Whitfield’s defense, which operates out of the 4-3 formation and utilizes two deep safeties.
“Northwest Whitfield likes to roll hard from side to side with their safeties, so we want to combat that with motion behind the line to force them to over compensate when they roll,” Braucht said.
Outside of that, the coach doesn’t plan on changing anything else offensively.
“We won’t have any tricks plays or anything like that. We are just going to run the same plays that we always run,” he said. “We’re not going to change our scheme to combat what someone else runs or do anything special.”
Though River Ridge and Northwest Whitfield play in opposite subregions of 7AAAA, Braucht pointed out that Friday’s game could have serious implications on the Knights’ playoff chances.
“Region crossover games like this one are of high importance due to the fact that, if we get into a tiebreaker situation on our side of the region, the results against (the other) subregion will be the ones that matter,” Braucht said. “This game is just as important as any game that we’ll play all year.”