If you like defensive football then the place for you to be was at Lindsay last Friday night when the Leopards edged the Purcell Dragons 12-7.
All the scoring occurred in the second quarter with both teams shutting the other one out in the other three periods.
Purcell Head Coach Tracy Scott said the Dragons had their chances in the contest twice driving inside the Lindsay 20 yard line and twice coming away with no points.
The Dragons’ lone touchdown was a one yard Brody Galyean plunge followed by Devan Martin’s point after touchdown.
But it was Purcell’s tenacious defense that was the main story.
“I think our defense grew up a little bit last week.” Scott said. “I expect that type of play for the rest of the year.”
Scott praised the defensive play of Payson Purcell, Kash Guthmueller, Jose Ochoa, Ryker Fink, Luke Edelman and Adam Edelman.
Payson and Guthmueller led the team with 14 tackles apiece. Austin Burton finished with nine stops followed by Brody Holder with eight, Fink and Luke with seven, Ochoa with six and Adam with three.
“We just played a good football team,” Scott said. “We played hard and played really well on defense.”
Scott said it hurt giving up a pass right before halftime.
“But we had some big stops like the goal line stand and when Payson came in on fourth and one and stopped them from making a first down. And, Kash had a fumble strip when they were driving.”
Scott said it hurt when the Dragons drove down deep twice and came up empty.
“We couldn’t capitalize on some things. But as a whole our defense came up big. The guys up front don’t get the credit they deserve. That’s how our defense is set up. The linebackers and safeties are able to come down hill and make plays.”
The coach was referring to the play of Brody Holder, Tavian Engert and Brendan Bacon.
“Holder had a good game,” the coach said. “Tavian played hard and Bacon had a really good game at nose guard. Ty Jaspersen played really well at corner and Burton had a good game at times. Nine tackles for a corner is pretty good for a corner.”
Up next is a 7 p.m. date Friday with the 4-2 Frederick Bombers at Conger Field.
Scott labels the Bombers another good football team.
“They’ve got some athletes and are big up front,” the Purcell head man reports.
Two of their better athletes are their four-year starting quarterback and wide receiver. The quarterback, Adrian Gaytan, has a good arm.
He likes to get the ball to his 6’5” receiver, Alfred Cathey, who has good hands and speed to go with his size.
“We’ll have to account for him,” the coach conceded.
Against the Bombers’ 4-2-5 defense, Scott reports his team will have to be more efficient offensively and finish drives and keep playing defense.
Head coach Tracy Scott nominated Payson Purcell as the Defensive Player of the Week. Purcell had 14 tackles against Lindsay.
The Defensive Lineman of the Week nominee was Brody Holder, who finished with eight tackles last Friday night.
The Offensive Lineman nominee went to Brendan Bacon who graded out at 87 percent against the Leopards.
There were no nominations for Offensive Player of the Week.
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