Commodores counting on speed vs. Forest Park

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Sports Editor

FERDINAND—Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson hopes his team’s speed will give it the advantage in Friday’s 7 p.m. football game with Forest Park.
Forest Park lost to Gibson Southern 60-0 in last week’s season opener.
While acknowledging that “Gibson Southern is really good,” Gibson also mentioned that the Rangers “had trouble with Gibson Southern’s speed at times, and I think that’s a good thing for us.
“Once Gibson Southern’s backs got outside, they had trouble catching them.”
Forest Park and Perry Central are “pretty comparable” in size, Gibson said. But “I think we have the edge a little bit overall in team speed.”
He said the Rangers do have “two decent running backs,” though.
They are Josh Franchville, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound sophomore, and Noah Braunecker, a 6-1, 180-pound junior.
Braunecker is a little more of a power runner but “they both run hard and they’re quick,” said Gibson.
The Rangers use a split backfield and balance the running load pretty well between the two backs.
When they pass, 6-1, 165-pound senior quarterback Trent Bayer “throws medium passes” most of the time, said Gibson.
He said Reese Heilers, a 6-foot senior, is their top receiver. “He doesn’t have blazing speed but he runs good routes.”
The Rangers played a 4-2-5 defense against Gibson Southern “but I think we’ll see them in a 4-3,” said Gibson.
He said Braunecker is their “most active” linebacker and 6-foot, 215-pound defensive tackle Evan Weyer “gets off the ball pretty well.
“Gibson Southern had a lot of success off-tackle against them, though, and I thought we had decent success off-tackle the other night.
“We’re going to try to stretch them out a little bit.”