Saturday, December 7, 2013
There's nothing fancy about Mt. Desert Island High School's offense. The Trojans line up in a T formation, with three backs. Then, they play keep away.
GAME OF THE WEEK
MDI at Winslow
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Poulin Field, Winslow
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"If you really don't pay attention to it, you can get burned. It's a nice ball control offense," Winslow head coach Mike Siviski said.
Siviski's Black Raiders will have to pay attention to MDI's offense Saturday, in a game featuring two of the four unbeaten teams in Eastern Class C football. Both teams are 2-0. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
When it's going well, the Mt. Desert Island offense can grind out drives that nearly eat entire quarters. It's not that the Trojans can't throw the ball, it's that they'd rather run. If they're grinding out a 9-minute drive, you're not on the field trying to score.
"We'll throw the ball if we have to," MDI head coach Mark Shields said. "Our game plan every week is to try and keep the ball away from the other offense."
Halfback Teagan Candage is the leading rusher in MDI's run attack. Candage has 474 yards rushing and scored twice in last week's 37-20 win over Hermon, and averages almost 14 yards per carry. Other ballcarriers Winslow must be ready for include Tanner Bickford, who ran for 42 yards on eight carries against Hermon, and fullback Sandy Henggeler.
"They've done pretty well. They have three backs that are real quick," Siviski said of the Trojans. "They've all scored. They spread the ball around well."
Quarterback Jon Phelps is as much a scoring threat for the Trojans as the three backs. Phelps ran for 112 yards on just four carries against Hermon, and scored on runs of 88 and 23 yards.
"They can present your defense a problem. You have to be disciplined and play assignment football," Siviski said.
Siviski has a potent offense of his own, led by fullback Zach Guptill and tailback Dylan Hapworth. The Black Raiders ran for 297 yards in last week's 55-14 win at Camden Hills. Quarterback Bobby Chenard completed 6 of 11 passes for 87 yards, including a touchdown pass to Matt Fortier, giving Winslow an added dimension. An offensive line led by tackle Troy Ellis and guard Dustin Fitch continues to make strides, Siviski said.
"We improved a lot up front last week, and we threw the ball pretty well," Siviski said.
Added Shields: "They're hard-nosed kids. Just looking at them on tape, they're good. They're going to be very well-coached. You're not going to outcoach Winslow."
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