I agree with just about everything Hubber said. You can have a basis for an offense, but minor changes from season to season are usually made and should be made to fit the personnel.
The problem with the ''run the ball, stop the run'' approach, as successful as it is a majority of the time, is that there are times when it is not. An example of that type of offense was showed in Somerset's state championship run in 2004. They were down by 9 points to Brillion with the clock winding down in the 4th quarter and there was no hurry up type of offense instilled whatsoever. Hennessey was getting a majority of the carries and the plays being called looked the same as they had been during the rest of the game, only the offense was just getting to the line more quickly. You have to be able to instill a passing threat in that situation. We did a great job of it against Amery in '02, we just didn't get the final pass into anyone's hands and ended up losing.
Another couple examples...this time on the ''stop the run'' side of things. It happened to Somerset against Hudson when they were running away with the game this year. Hudson throws in a spread after getting nothing going in nearly two full quarters, completes a 70-something yard TD before the half, and goes on to pass for 291 yards with the QB completing about 75% of his passes. Hudson got right back into it and ended up winning because of Somerset either not being prepared for that offense or just having mismatches. The second example was against Ladysmith in the quarterfinals of '03. Somerset was very ''run the ball, stop the run'' oriented and it had worked for them all season. However, they ran into a QB-receiver connection that went for 240 yards and 4 TD's between the two of them alone.
Point being, like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, is that it IS becoming more necessary for teams to be more prepared to stop the pass in the event they run into a team who can execute successfully. Can most teams in the MBC do that, or even in the NW section of WI do so? Traditionally no. But you look at Ellsworth and Hudson and the way they execute it as well as other playoff teams MBC teams may run into. I think to simply have a tunnel vision focus on running the ball and stopping the run, not incorporating a passing threat more often on offense, and being prepared to stop the pass on defense makes teams too predictable against more talented and better coached teams and will hurt them at some point in time.
i would argue that in both examples the inability to stop the run was the main problem. against brillion Somerset was unable to stop them from running the ball along with turning it over too many times. In the hudson Fiasco The pass that made the most difference was the fire starter with 44 seconds to go before half. That was When the db from somerset let the Hudson kid behind him to catch a nice thrown ball. In the second half somerset did not stop Hudson from running the ball out of the Spread which allowed them to throw the ball whenever they pleased. As far as preparation goes it was a little bit of a surprize that Hudson was able to execute things as well as they did for how short a period they had been working on it.
And Ladysmith? I'm guessing the focus was on stopping Newkirk and Taylor was a surprise...but I don't really remember.
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