Bulldogs must stop Rock Creek’s aerial assault this Friday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Union coach Kyle Foli doesn’t want the lightning this Friday night, but does want good cornerback coverage.

The Bulldogs (0-4) travel to Rock Creek Academy (1-3) seeking their first win. Union beat Rock Creek 42-28 last year in a game called by lightning.

“We’re going to go out and try to do our best,” Foli said. “I think they’re rebuilding. We’re going to go over to Sellersburg and give Rock Creek a good game.”

Both teams are coming off home losses. Union fell 34-20 to Paris (IL) while Crawford County waxed the Lions 52-14.

Last year, Union took an early lead, but the Lions stormed back thanks to their passing game. Foli said the Rock Creek coach was kind enough to tell him the Union cornerbacks were playing the tall Lion receivers much too tight. He said Union’s cornerbacks must play their targets more loosely to shut down Rock Creek’s passing game.

Good play by the Bulldog cornerbacks will be essential for victory, Foli said, because Rock averages 194 yards through the air as opposed to 61 on the ground. He said they threw the pigskin a great deal in last year’s game, especially when they were trying to come back at the end.

Foli said Union quarterback Jackson Rogers will put the ball in the air more this week. Last Saturday, Rogers completed only one pass, but it was a 34-yard scoring strike to Brandon Smith. The ‘Dogs ran the ball well, but Foli said the Bulldogs may have used too many running plays. He said he wanted to establish the run against Paris, but Rogers will put the ball in the air more often against Rock Creek.

“We’re going to mix it up,” Foli said. “We’re going to run and throw both.”

Some of the Dawgs have been sick this week, Foli said, including running backs Matt Pugh and Jacob Cross, but he expects all of them will be ready Friday.

“We’re going to go over to Sellersburg,” he concluded. “We’re going to give them a good game. We’re going to hit hard.”

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