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Indianapolis Lutheran and Hagerstown Scouting Reports

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Zach Robinson    113
Indianapolis Lutheran and Hagerstown Scouting Reports

Here are the scouting reports for Indianapolis Lutheran and Hagerstown.  Both teams will be competing later this year in sectional 46.

 

Indianapolis Lutheran Scouting Report

Here are some observations from their game with Cardinal Ritter.

 

Offense:  It was very interesting watching the saints on offense as the coaching staff have reconfigured the offense using Andre Jones who was a 3 year starter at running back as their quarterback.  There were no plays run under center which is a major shift for a team that in years’ past successfully mixed running plays under center, pistol, and shotgun.

Primary Formations and Trends:  3x1/1x3 and 2x2.  Both formations were in shotgun with a single back lined up in the backfield with the signal caller.  On occasion they will put the slot receiver in motion to work jet sweep and jet action into the mix.  The strength of the offense is running over right guard and right tackle.  The offense relied heavily on the run game specifically the spread option.

 

Quarterback:  #6 Andre Jones:  Jones is not necessarily a natural at quarterback but he did a great job of running the offense and displayed good ball handling skills in the option game.  His greatest attribute to the team is his speed and ability to make tacklers miss on running plays.  In terms of passing he showed some ability to throw on the run, and complete short and intermediate routes.  During the 4th quarter he was becoming more comfortable throwing the ball.   It could be difficult for him to pass with consistent accuracy from the pocket due to his height.  He along with the receivers will need to continue to grow the passing game together as the year progresses.   Andre will face defenses, who will stack the box and when this occurs he will need to prove he can punish teams who employ this tactic by connecting on throws 15-20 yards down the field.

 Running Back:  #8 or #5 Marcus McFadden:   He is very solid and tough runner who was asked to run in between the tackles. 

Offensive Line:  During the first quarter and most of the first half they controlled the line of scrimmage as Lutheran’s first offensive touchdown drive lasted over 10 minutes.  #76 Emeka Jillani should be in consideration for best right tackle in class A.  Jillani plays with tremendous power and has great footwork.    #66 Mike Eakle is the right guard and he along with Jillani make up one of the best guard tackle combos in class A.  I thought the line did a very good job at both run and pass blocking.   Left tackle Mark Caster, left guard Mike Ellis provide good size and push from the left side and #54 Brett Reid is a steady hand at center blocking and accurately snapping the ball to Jones.

Overall this is a very good unit and is one of the best in class A.  The item they need to work on is hand placement/fit on passing plays especially on the drop back passing plays as they were called for three critical holding calls in the 2nd half that really hampered their attempt at a comeback.

Wide Receivers:  Once they get on the same page with Jones and develop a greater chemistry with him as a passer this group has the potential to be effective for the saints.  #2 Russell is a good route runner with reliable hands.  He seemed to do the best job of working with Jones in scramble situations.  #4 Barnham is a bigger receiver who has the ability to work effectively in the middle of the field.  He could be used as a tight end down the road.  #7 Elliot has potential to be valuable in the pass game as well.   There are 3 maybe 4 other players who could become contributors to this group as the regular season winds down.

 

Defense:  Lutheran employs a 3-4 defense who had the inevitable task of trying to contain Ritter’s offense.  The raider offense has speed to burn, size, and a play maker at quarterback. 

Defensive Line:  #77 Caster and #76 Jillani were the defensive tackles and #66 Mike Earle is the primary nose tackle.  For the most part they were able to contain the inside running attack for Ritter and they provided a steady pass rush as well.   All three played very hard and both defensive tackles had their moments getting to the Ritter quarterback on pass plays.  Jillani is the most consistent rushing the passer in part because of his athleticism.  Lutheran does not have much depth along the defensive front and so as the game entered the 4th quarter they  started to get fatigued and Ritter moved the ball with more effectiveness on the ground and the raider signal caller had more time to distribute the ball.   This is a very solid unit.  If Lutheran is able to develop two good subs for the defensive line that would have a significant impact for the defense.

 

Linebackers:  With Ritter’s offense in the spread most of the night the outside linebackers had the difficult task of helping out in pass coverage and keeping outside contain on the perimeter running plays.  Lutheran will need the outside backers to raise their level of play setting the edge and keeping contain on outside runs.

#4 Barnham and #8 McFadden are the middle linebackers.  Barnham has good size, tackling ability, and experience as he’s been a starter for at least 2-3 years.  McFadden really brought a high dose of speed and tenaciousness to this group.  He was incredibly aggressive on blitzes and made some tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  I was very impressed with the sheer amount of plays he was involved in.  I would rate him as the best middle backer that I’ve personally seen play that position for the saints.

 

Defensive Backs:  It was clearly and up and down night for this unit.  It seemed like each player had a good and bad moment during the game.  The coverage was not that bad it’s just that Ritter’s receivers and quarterback are that good.  #7 Elliot is most likely their best cover corner.  #2 Russell is a solid corner as well.  #13 Caleb Edens could become an enforcer at strong safety.  He had at least two or three big hits in the game.

There were times that they struggled to make tackles in the open field and covering receivers on routes to the boundary.

Special Teams:  Both the kick and punt teams had at best a mixed night as the raiders returned the 2nd half kickoff for a score and nearly returned a punt for a score as well.  They managed to better their efforts on kickoffs where the kicks were shorter or angled.  The punts at times were really short in distance.   The return teams were not able to get on track either.  Ritter was able to pin down the saints on kickoffs which created a long field for the offense and they recovered an onside kick from LHS to begin the game.  The team speed of Ritter had a large impact on this phase of the game.  The field goal kicker appears to have limited range outside of 35 yards.

 

Overall:  Team depth will be the most important dilemma for the team and coaches to work through during the season.  Lutheran should be either 8-1 or 7-2 heading into sectionals.  If they are fortunate enough to keep their front-line players healthy they should be playing in the semi state game once again.  There are some aspects in pass defense and special teams that the team will need to make strides in.   The good news for Lutheran is that they most likely won’t face another team this year with the speed at the skill positions that Ritter possesses.  Ultimately Lutheran should become a stronger team as a result of this game.   The development of the passing game will be crucial for the offense.  Most teams at the 1a level are going to have major trouble containing Jones for a full four quarters.

 

 

Hagerstown Scouting Report

 

Here are some observations from their game versus Shenandoah.

 

Offense:  For basically 3 quarters of the game the offense was stuck in the mud.  The strength of the offense lies in their skill position players which are more than capable of making big plays.  They were shut out the first half of the game, and they were so bogged down they were called for a delay of game penalty despite the fact they run a no huddle offense. 

Base Formations:  Spread sets that generally featured 4 receivers were trips and 1 (3x1, 1x3) or 2x2.  Both formations feature one back and no use of tight ends.  The signal caller was in shot gun at all times.

They also feature two back sets with three receivers. The most effective of these featured these sets had a wing/H-back  and running back stacked with 2 receivers on one side and a single wide out on the other side.  On the stacked set they used slot motion for jet sweeps or quick outs and the two backs provided extra protection/blocking on passing plays and running plays.

Trends:  They like to feature the running ability of their passer and primary back with zone read/spread option.    HHS will call quarterback designed running plays featuring qb power sweep and qb counter play.  The screen passes include wide/slot receiver screens, screen to the running back, bubble, and throw back screens.

Basically they run their offense similar to the way North Vermillion ran theirs when they had Cody Wright at qb and Jacob Earl at running back.  This offense has the ability to put 28-49 points on most of their regular season opponents when its running at optimal capacity.

 

Quarterback:   #7 Owen Golliher:  For most of the game he was besieged by the Raider pass rush and was forced many times to escape pressure or throw under heavy duress.  He has a fairly strong arm.  As a right handed qb he can throw a pass deep down the field whether he is moving left or right which is not the norm for most high school quarterbacks.  He is generally an accurate passer but he will make a few high risk decisions with the ball from time to time.  In this game he threw two interceptions, one of which was a pick 6 on a screen pass and the other was an ill-advised pass thrown deep into double coverage.  On his touchdown pass he displayed his passing talent and mobility as he was able to escape at least 3 rushers and throw a dime from the right quadrant of the field to the upper left hand corner of the end zone. 

Running Back:  #9 Mason Hicks:  Hicks is one of the best if not the best running back in Class A.  He possesses great speed and spin move and is more than capable of breaking a run between 40-70 yards.  He is a skilled receiver out of the backfield and dangerous on properly executed screen passes.

Offensive Line:  For the offensive line they had for the most part a tough night at the office.  Hagerstown’s passing game was negatively affected by the leaks that occurred on both sides of the line whether it was a pass rushing lineman or a blitzing linebacker.  In addition they weren’t able to create much of a push upfront for the ground game essentially making the tiger offense one dimensional for the better part of the contest.  The other major issue was the snap of the ball.  I charted 4 bad snaps two of which were high and two of them were low.  The first high snap was air mailed over the qb’s head and led directly to a safety. 

 

Wide Receivers:  #33 Jalen Oliver is their most dynamic playmaker in the receiving corps in terms of his speed, and ability to turn a short pass into a long touchdown reception.  #17 Cody Swimm does a great of getting open, finishing his route and working back to the quarterback in a scramble situation.  Overall Oliver and Swimm are their best receivers.  The other receivers had a tough time gaining separation from raider defensive backs.  They were affected by the breakdowns in pass protection, as they didn’t always have a chance to gain separation from their defensive counterparts.

Defense:  H-town’s defense was a base 4-3 with a safety dropped down in the box for extra run support.  Looking at the defense I feel they have improved their overall performance especially defending the run.  The defense kept the team in the game as the halftime score was 2-0.

Defensive Backs:  The play of the defensive backs was very impressive.  The coverage was very tight.  #33 Oliver is a terrific safety that can play corner as well had a huge int near the goal line that he returned nearly 50 yards.  #7 Golliher is the other safety who made plays in coverage and in run support.  This is a strong group in terms of knocking down and intercepting passes.

Linebackers:  The backers had a pretty good night.  They along with the d-line provider good pursuit on running plays and had a number of tackles for loss.  They did a good job of pressuring the quarterback and containing for the most part the running attack of Shenandoah. 

 #54 Ryan Golliher is their middle backer and he made numerous tackles (multiple tackles were for a loss) on both running and passing plays.  He attacks the line of scrimmage on virtually every play which allowed him to disrupt the raider offense on a number of occasions.  It seemed like he was in blitz mode most of the game. #56 Jake Combs is the outside backer who plays the strong side of the formation.  Like Golliher he was a very aggressive blitzer who made some great plays for the defense.  #21 Cameron Purtha is the weak side backer who is very capable of helping out in coverage.  This group’s range and speed will be tested by spread oriented teams.

Defensive Line:  The defensive line was good for the most part, although as the game wore on the left side of the defense had some breakdowns in run defense.  #55 Blake Blevins played a very good game at defensive tackle and I graded him as their best defensive tackle.  He is stout against the run and held his position more times than not.  #17 Cody Swimm is a defensive end who provided terrific backside pursuit on running plays.  He is very effective pass rusher as well.  As a group the pass rush was very good.

The pressing issue for the d-line is at left defensive tackle.  The coaches will need to refine the stance of two of the players they used at that position.  There were too many times when the left d-tackle played too high off the snap of the ball and gave up his chest during a play and part of the reason for this was the stance the player was in.

 

Special Teams:  Hicks and Oliver are dangerous returning punts and kickoffs.  The field goal kicking situation was dreadful and I can see Hagerstown going for two quite a bit unless there is dramatic improvement in this area.  Like last year they will onside kick quite a bit.  In this game alone I charted 3 onside kicks. This method of kickoffs has burned them before and in this game they didn’t recover any of their onside attempts which gave the raiders great field position.  Swimm is their punter and he is pretty decent in terms of angling the kick and getting 25-42 yards per punt.  The personnel on the punt team will put every team they play on high alert for a fake attempt.

Overall:  Despite the loss the coaches have to be happy about the improvement of the defense from last year.  The left side of the defensive line needs to be shored up.   The play of the offensive line has to get better at both run blocking and pass protection as Golliher took some major punishment in this game.   The kicking situation on field goals and kickoffs has to be a concern as well.  For the tigers they have the ability to finish the season at 8-1 or 7-2 and ranked in the top 7 in class A.    As of right now I would rate them as the 2nd best team in sectional 46 behind Lutheran.  At this point I still think they have a tall hill to climb in order to beat the saints.

 

 

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Joe Kane    95

Great write-ups. I recall specifically Jones' freshman year when North Vermillion faced LuHi in the semis. I was scared to death they'd start feeding him the rock that night, and that was three seasons ago. Of course they played the following year (what a comeback by the Falcons) also but I was somewhat unaware of the skills Jones possessed that first year. I am glad to hear that the offense is running through him. 

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Veechy63    9

Well done write-ups. Should be an interesting sectional match up as those two are the big dogs in sectional 46. I think these two should find each other at some point.  

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Interesting they moved Jones to qb. I understand having your playmaker with maximum touches. I thought they had a younger qb last year that was a pretty good passer. Between their schedule and returning players they've been my south favorite since last year.

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WWFan    149

I love these reports every year. Who all you going to do this year?

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kdets89    125
13 hours ago, Peter Simon Veeder said:

Interesting they moved Jones to qb. I understand having your playmaker with maximum touches. I thought they had a younger qb last year that was a pretty good passer. Between their schedule and returning players they've been my south favorite since last year.

So far, using the starting RB in the QB position has worked well for the Saints.  Linton/Pioneer have been very successful with this approach in recent years.

The young QB from last year transferred to Carmel.  In all, five players who would have been starters/contributors this season have transferred to 5A/6A rosters.  Saints haven't missed a beat, but as with all small school programs, it would be nice to have that depth at certain positions.

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Veechy63    9
22 minutes ago, kdets89 said:

 but as with all small school programs, it would be nice to have that depth at certain positions.

Man, I FEEL you there! 

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Zach Robinson    113
On 9/11/2017 at 6:47 AM, Joe Kane said:

Great write-ups. I recall specifically Jones' freshman year when North Vermillion faced LuHi in the semis. I was scared to death they'd start feeding him the rock that night, and that was three seasons ago. Of course they played the following year (what a comeback by the Falcons) also but I was somewhat unaware of the skills Jones possessed that first year. I am glad to hear that the offense is running through him. 

Thank you.

I've been impressed with Jones since he was a freshmen.  He has worked very hard in the weight room to make himself stronger over these last 3 years which is important because going through the ICC is a grind.

 

1 hour ago, WWFan said:

I love these reports every year. Who all you going to do this year?

I'm currently working on a triple one involving Southwood, Sheridan, and Carroll.  This week I'm planning on going to see Fountain Central and Attica play this week.  Then Pioneer on the 29th, and Eastern Greene and NCF on Oct 13th.  I'll try to see if I can't catch a Churubusco game before the regular season ends.

Thank you Kdets for the roster explanation.  Its better coming from someone who knows the program through and through.

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5 hours ago, Zach Robinson said:

Thank you.

I've been impressed with Jones since he was a freshmen.  He has worked very hard in the weight room to make himself stronger over these last 3 years which is important because going through the ICC is a grind.

 

I'm currently working on a triple one involving Southwood, Sheridan, and Carroll.  This week I'm planning on going to see Fountain Central and Attica play this week.  Then Pioneer on the 29th, and Eastern Greene and NCF on Oct 13th.  I'll try to see if I can't catch a Churubusco game before the regular season ends.

Thank you Kdets for the roster explanation.  Its better coming from someone who knows the program through and through.

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