Scored 17 points
As I said, when it got to 17 late/midway through the 3rd qtr (2.5 qtrs in) things changed. Snider's D was on the field for 6-8mins during that drive, were worn down, and the floodgates opened. I think mentally/physically they imploded, they didnt just become less talented. Up until that point it was a pretty even contest with Oakley's short yardage QB sneak turned 50+yd TD run the only noticeable difference in offensive output. That's not start to finish domination, there was a definite feeling out period between the two.
It reminds me of Penn/Carmel in the state game a few years ago. Penn was "dominated" according to the scoreboard, but people forget the first 3-4 Carmel possessions started inside Penn's territory and resulted in a TO and 2-3 FG's before Carmel wore out a very good defense (with the help of an inept Gold Rush offense that couldn't get a first down) and started pouring it on. What gets lost in the end result is that was a very game WB defense even though the team as a whole wasn't very balanced and were blown out.
I think Snider's defense can keep them in most games at the 5A level. Their offense needs improvement, they're not a complete/balanced team yet, but they have something to work with. I could see them riding a strong defense through the playoffs... we did a few years ago.
Penn's playing well, but "domination", "team to beat in 6A north" deserves some context.
Looking ahead, "contextually", St Joe might be a unique/good game if their QB is healthy, but they're not great on defense and should be outmanned/outmatched vs Penn. We've beaten/dominated 2/3 of our sectional already, Sectional 1 doesn't look like it has any world beaters (MVille lost to a good 3A, but still a 3A. Lake Central lost to a .500 5A school). We might get to semi-state before we see a legitimate top to bottom strong team. This is a good win, but not necessarily indicative of how things are going to go. Lot of room for improvement.
Edited by AverageAmericanMale, 15 September 2013 - 03:18 AM.