Week 5 preview: ‘You’ve got to gang-tackle this kid:’ Stopping Triton sophomore back...
will be no ‘Schuh’-in for Cavs
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Triton (2-2, 1-1 Hoosier North) at Culver (1-1, 0-1), 7 p.m.
Culver had 297 yards rushing and 65 yards passing in their 38-14 win over West Central last week.
Given that Culver runs a power-T with three running backs and two tight ends, that qualifies as offensive balance.
Even better, the 65 yards passing came on two Tucker Fisher touchdown passes: one to Ethan Keller in the first quarter and one to Marquez Anderson in the second quarter as Culver amassed a 30-0 halftime lead.
Culver coach Mike Zehner, in his 10th season as a high school head coach, said Fisher has the best arm of any quarterback he has coached.
Blake Thompson, Shane Shuman and Emiliano Ortiz all had at least 70 yards rushing.
“It was exactly what we wanted,” Culver coach Mike Zehner said. “We wanted to be balanced in the backfield. It was not like last year. If you shut down Shuman, you shut us down. I felt like Blake really did a nice job. Our power game and C gap really was hitting well. I think they sold out to stop Shuman, but Shuman still gets free every once in awhile. ... Emiliano had some nice runs as well.”
Defensively, one week after Culver faced West Central’s spread attack, they will now take on Triton’s wing-T look. Sophomore Anthony Schuh will demand the attention of multiple defenders.
“They probably look a lot like Rochester does,” Zehner said of the Triton offense. “They move the ball well. He’s impressive. … He’s only a sophomore, but he is tough to bring down. We told the kids he might be the best running back in the conference from what we’ve seen before. … I’m very impressed with him. Caston had a hard time tackling him. Bremen had a hard time tackling him. You’ve got to gang-tackle this kid. You get there with one guy, he’s going to break that tackle.”
Culver and Triton have split their last eight meetings. Culver has won seven of the last nine meetings against Triton at home.
Rodney Younis is in the third year of his second stint as Triton coach. He also coached the Trojans from 2002-12. Younis coached Triton to back-to-back sectional titles in 2007-08.
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