Week Six Football Preview: Trenton @ Lincoln Prep
Coming off back-to-back losses, the Trenton Bulldogs are desperate for a win. With Illini West and Class 4 Kirksville looming on the schedule the next two weeks, this week’s showdown with Lincoln Prep has become a very important contest for the Bulldogs.
“This is an important game for us for a lot of reasons,” Trenton Head Coach Wes Croy said. “We would get to 4-2 and would be sitting a lot better district-wise than if we were 3-3. We have the two big games following that too and we are on a two-game losing streak. You sure don’t want to extend that any farther than the current situation, so it is a game that our kids and our staff understand the importance of. We have had a hard, physical week of practice and we need to play well because they are a much improved football team. They are definitely capable of beating us if we play like we have the last two weeks at times.”
Lincoln Prep is far improved from the team they were a year ago that came into Trenton and fell 56-16. The Blue Tigers have a 4-1 record, albeit against a weak schedule.
The Blue Tigers have a new offense this season, running out of the “Wing T” formation. Fullback Justin Dixson and quarterback Seth Fisher are joined in the stacked backfield by running back Jabari Hobson and wing back Corlandus Rucker.
“I think that they have more of a system this year,” Croy said. “Last year, offensively, it seemed like they were grabbing at different plays with no sequence involved. They are running a base ‘Wing T’ attack now, where they can run sweep, trap, waggle, criss-cross and everything works off of something else. I think that has allowed them to be more effective offensively and the same thing goes for their defense. They aren’t doing nearly as many things – they sit in a 4-3 cover two for the most part – but they do it well. They run to the ball, they hit and they know their responsibilities. There is a lot less confusion on their part and probably a lot more repetition in practice because they are doing less things. That has paid off for them and they are just a much more fundamentally-sound football team as far as their offensive and defensive sets are concerned.”
Perhaps as big a concern for Trenton as Lincoln Prep’s improvement is the Bulldogs’ floundering running game. Trenton has averaged just 127.5 rushing yards in the past two games, both losses, and Trenton has scored just one rushing touchdown over that span. In last week’s loss at Pembroke Hill, Trenton ran the ball just twice in the second half and both carries came in the third quarter. The Bulldogs had zero carries for zero yards in the fourth quarter.
“The running game has to bounce back,” Croy said. “We can’t run the football like we have the past eight quarters. We have to make sure that we can drive the football, string first downs together, keep our defense off the field and put points on the board. That’s something we have to do if we want to be successful with the scheme that we use.”
The Bulldogs and Blue Tigers will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Ruskin High School football field in Kansas City. Ruskin High School is located at 7000 E. 111th St. in Kansas City. Fans traveling south on US Highway 71 can take the Red Bridge Road exit and go left to get to the field.
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