With all of his team’s plays, Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler joked, it hasn’t been too much fun entering all the data.
Improving in their no-huddle offense, the Panthers have overmatched opponents
when it comes to the number of offensive plays.
In the past two games, a close loss to power Statesboro and a win against Greenbrier, Lakeside has had 149 offensive plays against only 86 combined plays from the two foes.
Along with establishing the ground game – the Panthers ran the ball 61 times against the Wolfpack – Lakeside has simplified things for quarterback Mark Weidenaar.
“We still want to be balanced,” Troxler said. “We’re not afraid to throw it 25, 30 times a game. But we want to run the ball, too.”
STARTING SLOW: If Butler is to start 6-0 for the first time in program history, coach Ashley Harden knows there can’t be a repeat of the start in the Cross Creek game, even if the Bulldogs did win 44-6.
Butler was forced to kick off from its 10 after some penalties – in part because there wasn’t a chain gang ready. Later, the Bulldogs were up 14-6 and two yards from giving up a touchdown to Cross Creek. However, the Bulldogs held and the Razorbacks missed a field goal.
This week’s opponent, Washington County, will be the toughest Butler has seen this season, and Harden’s bunch can’t open sluggishly again. The Golden Hawks (3-2) have suffered losses to undefeated teams but won by a combined 77-0 the past two games.
In a very similar situation last year, 5-0 Butler lost to Washington County 42-14 after being tied 14-14 at halftime.
To see a different result this year, Harden said it’s essential to avoid a poor start.
“We can’t start that game like we did (Friday),” Harden said.
STANDING ALONE: It’s going to be either Laney or Dublin.
The two are the last unbeaten teams in Region 3-AA, with the Wildcats 4-0 and Dublin 3-0 against region competition. The Fighting Irish are also ranked in the top 10 in Class AA.
Series history is against Laney. The Wildcats (5-1) have won five in a row this season, giving up only 29 total points in that stretch, but they are 1-6 all-time against Dublin.
BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
ALL GAMES AT 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY
Butler at Washington County
The Bulldogs have lost five in a row in this series.
Laney at Dublin
The winner will have sole possession of first place in Region 3-AA.
Fox Creek at Calhoun County
The 7-0 Predators travel to face a team it lost to 50-0 last season.
Lexington at North Augusta
After beating Northwestern, the 6-0 Yellow Jackets are home against 6-0 Lexington.
Edmund Burke at Piedmont
Undefeated Edmund Burke faces the team it lost to in the GISA Class AA state championship a year ago.