Purcell played outstanding defense and had their chances offensively in a 14-6 loss at CCS last Thursday night.
Boston Knowles scored the only Purcell touchdown, a nifty 54 yard scamper in the fourth period followed by a missed PAT.
Knowles just got clipped on the ankle on another run that could have gotten him out the gate. He finished the night with 16 carries for 121 yards.
The Dragons were balanced on offense throwing for 114 yards and rushed for 112 yards.
With around 50 seconds left in the game Purcell was down knocking on the door but were unable to put the ball in the end zone.
On defense, however, the play was stellar led by Ryker Fink’s 18 tackles.
“The guys up front got after it especially Brody Holder,” head coach Tracy Scott said.
Holder finished the night with 14 tackles with Luke Edelman with a dozen stops including one quarterback sack. Kash Guthmueller also had 12 tackles. Payson Purcell and Adam Edelman both had nine tackles.
Ty Jaspersen, who was tasked to cover the Royals’ best receiver, had five tackles and picked off a CCS pass.
Jose Ochoa also had an interception to go with seven tackles.
“One of those stopped them in the Red Zone and the other stopped them when they were mounting a drive. Those were two big turnovers for us,” Scott said.
“Offensively, we just have to execute and do a better job up front,” the coach said. “We need to get the ball out where it needs to be.
“We just didn’t make the plays at key times. We had our chances,” he confirmed.
Things don’t get any easier for the Dragons when they travel this Friday to No. 1 ranked and undefeated Washington.
“Their offense is pretty balanced between the pass the run,” Scott said. “They do both really well. They get in a lot of different formations and have the two big guys who can give them a double tight end look. They can also split out and play wide receiver as well.
“They also have two good running backs. They do a good job with their RPOs as well. But as good as they are offensively I think they are even better on defense. They’ve got great team speed and just fly to the football and make plays.”
Scott expects the Warriors to show some three man fronts and some four man fronts on defense.
“They show multiple fronts at different times,” the coach said. “If they get you in long yardage situations they’re gonna’ eat you up.”
Scott said establishing a rushing attack is one key for the Dragons in the contest.
“We can’t get behind the chains,” he confirmed. “That hurt us last week. Defensively you always feel like you need to stop the run.”
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott nominated Brody Holder as the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Holder had 14 tackles against the Royals.
“He was all over the field last week,” Scott said.
Scott nominated Ty Jaspersen as the Defensive Player of the Week. Jaspersen registered five tackles and had a key interception in the game last Thursday night.
Getting the nod as the Offensive Lineman of the Week was Brendan Bacon. Bacon graded out at 91 percent.
“He did a good job blocking the kid going to Michigan State,” Scott said of Bacon’s efforts against Bai Jobe.
There was no nomination for Offensive Player of the Week.
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