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By LARRY GOFFINET
PAOLI—Paoli is 5-1 in football games it has played this year, including 3-0 in the PLAC.
But because the Rams opted not to play conference foe Crawford County this season, PLAC officials are calling that a conference loss for the Rams.
Thus Perry Central, 2-0 in the PLAC, can clinch a tie for the conference title with a win in Friday’s 7 p.m. game with Paoli even though the Commodores still have two conference games after that.
Perry Central could likely finish in a tie for the title even with a loss to Paoli, the defending conference champion. But to make the conference’s ruling on the Paoli-Crawford County situation moot, it would be better if the Commodores win Friday.
To do so, they will need to stop Paoli’s running game.
Paoli lost to Corydon 24-16 Friday, nearly the same margin by which Perry Central lost to the Panthers earlier.
“Corydon played their defense similar to what we’re going to play, so it gives us a good idea how (the Rams) are going to attack us,” Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson said Monday.
In recent years the quarterback and fullback have been the primary runners for Paoli, but now “they’re starting to go to the pitch part of the option (to another running back) more,” said Gibson.
Dylan McClintock, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, or Josh Rice, a 5-8, 170-pound senior, is usually at that position. “Those two slot guys have some speed,” said Gibson.
However they lost another speedy slotback, Tanner Kameda, for the season last week when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament.
The Rams have also been without their regular quarterback, 6-1, 180-pound senior Lee Wroblewski, lately, as he suffered “a high ankle sprain a couple of weeks ago,” said Gibson.
Gibson doesn’t know if Wroblewski will return to action this week. If he doesn’t, Tyler Line, a 6-2, 185-pound senior, will remain at quarterback. “He’s probably not as fast as the other kid,” said Gibson.
Travis Allen, a 5-10, 201-pound senior, is the fullback. “He runs hard,” said Gibson.
The Rams pass about 30 percent of the time. Their top receiver is Tanner Wroblew-ski, a 6-4, 186-pound junior.
“He can go up and get it,” said Gibson. “He’s pretty athletic.”
Gibson thinks Paoli and Perry Central are “similar” in team speed, but the Rams are a little bigger on the line. “They’re offensive line averages 231 pounds and we average about 220 on the defensive line.”
The Rams usually run a 3-4 defense but “it looks a lot like a 5-2,” said Gibson.
Allen is also a defensive standout at inside linebacker and Tristan England, a 5-10, 273-pound nose guard, “looks really strong,” said Gibson.