Friday, September 4, 2009

Prep football previews: Week 1 for most teams in the valley

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 Last modified: Friday, September 4, 2009 10:20 AM PDT
By Scott Ford
Argus Observer

Ontario—Tonight every team in the valley will be on the gridiron, some playing its second game, and for others the season opener.

Parma (1-0) Butte County (0-1)

The Parma Panthers are coming off a defensive battle with the Payette Pirates where they turned the ball over five times, but managed to sneak away with a 7-0 win.

This week the Panthers are hosting Butte County from Arco, Idaho, who are coming off a 22-20 loss against Grace.

“They (Butte County) are a little undermanned, as they had a few injuries in their loss to Grace,” Parma head football coach Greg Asbury said.

Butte County runs a true single wing offense, which Asbury called an old school offense, with some size on the line and some speed to go with it.

“It will be a challenge to defend something that we have never seen before,” Asbury said. “It’s going to be a tough one. I think we have the kids to combat what they do, because I believe we have the best defense in the state.”

On offense, the Panther will be looking at a 4-3 defense, but Butte County will throw in the

“Bear Front” which is a 4-6 front that shifts the defensive line to the weak side of the offensive line — away from the tight end — in hopes of confusing the quarterback.

“I am expecting to see the 4-3 defense. That seems to be their trend over the past couple of years.” Asbury said. “We’ll just line up and do what we do.”

Asbury said the goal against Butte County is to clean up the turnovers and play a physical game.

Parma and Butte County will kick off at 7 p.m. today in Parma.

New Plymouth (1-0) at Nyssa (0-0)

The Nyssa Bulldogs open their season at home today against a solid New Plymouth Pilgrim team that is coming off 52-18 drubbing over Filer.

The Bulldogs struggled in 2008 with a 3-6 record, but have high hopes in 2009 of turning their program around. Part of the scheme to change the direction of the Bulldogs was to move Eric Jensen from the wide out position to the quarterback spot. Nyssa head coach Lee Long, in his second season as head coach, said Jensen he will have a talented duo in the backfield for support in Jesse Martinez and Zach Straton.

With Jensen, Long believes the Bulldogs are a more rounded team because he can throw well and run well.

On defense, the Bulldogs will be facing a seasoned quarterback in Brady Harris for the Pilgrims along with a scat back in Kyle King. Last week against Filer, the Pilgrims scored at will with a variety of players.

New Plymouth also boasts a solid run defense which has both speed and experience to combat the new-look Bulldogs.

Fruitland (0-0) vs. Emmett (0-1)

The Fruitland Grizzlies enter tonight’s game with a lot of unknowns and a lot of uncertainties, but the one thing they do know is they are ready to get on the gridiron to find out where they are at.

“We find out how our young guys do,” Fruitland head coach Bruce Schlaich said. “We do not have a whole lot of experience. They will get their feet wet against a solid passing team in Emmett.”

During the preseason, the Grizzlies had to decide on who was going to be the signal caller in 2009, and Schliach said the Ryan Wright has won the job.

Joining the Wright in the backfield will be Jordan Martin at the fullback position and Nic Rayo at the wingback.

The keys to victory for Fruitland will be to minimize the turnovers. Fruitland will kick off at 7 p.m. today.

Payette (0-1) vs. Melba (0-1)

The Payette Pirate football team will be looking to rebound from its 7-0 loss in the season opener to Parma. In that game, the Pirates could only muster 70 yards of offense and struggled against a physical Panther defense.

Today, against Melba, who is coming off a 33-0 drubbing at the hands of the Homedale Trojans, the Pirates look to get its offense moving in the right direction.

“We really worked hard this week in practice,” Payette head coach Troy Gleave said. “We worked on 11 guys attacking the football, and worked on executing on offense.”

Payette seen its starting quarterback, Garrett Grotheer go down in the season opener, but Gleave said he will be in the starting lineup in tonight’s game.

The Pirate defense likes to run the veer and they love to pass the football, and on defense they run a 3-3 stack and like to send everybody on every play.

Payette kicks off at 7 p.m .today in Payette.

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