Lake Michigan Catholic at Cassopolis
The No. 5 ranked Rangers (8-1) must figure a way to contain a unique Lakers (7-2) offense in this Division 7 opening round playoff game.
"They run a single-wing offense and we've never seen that in person before," said Cassopolis coach Andy Hubbard. "You rarely see it. In that offense their are three backs and a diagonal line. The ball is snapped to one of the three running backs."
It's a new wrinkle for a Cassopolis defense that has struggled in recent weeks. The Rangers gave up 87 points in their last two games against Coloma and Edwardsburg.
"I really felt like we started out the season pretty good on defense," Hubbard said. "It was a strong point even more so than last season. The problem was that we were trying to figure out what teams were doing instead of just attacking. I think we do better when we're aggressive."
Lake Michigan Catholic will also be challenged defensively. Cassopolis is averaging 347 yards a game on the ground with sophomore DaShaun Curtis leading the way with 1,338 yards rushing on 113 carries with 23 touchdowns.
"The biggest thing is their team speed," said LMC coach Jerome Learman.
Lakers running back Vinnie Hipskind has rushed for over 900 yards with 10 touchdowns
Editors Note: Congratulations to Coach Jerome Learman and to his Lakers!