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GREENSBURG—South Decatur won its opening football game Friday mainly with its running game. But Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer will have his defense ready for a lot of passing when the two meet Saturday at 4 p.m.
“They’ve got some quickness,” said Spencer. “They scored on a lot of sweeps (in last week’s 51-8 season-opening win over Cambridge City Lincoln).”
But the Cougars also had some quick backs and scored on several sweeps in their season opener two years ago.
Then they threw 45 passes against Perry Central, completing 19 for 329 yards and four touchdowns but also having five intercepted.
They have a new coach, Rod Martin, this year, but Spencer noted he was an assistant coach with the team two years ago.
Jordan AmRhein, a 6-foot, 185-pound junior, quarterbacks the Cougars, and “he does a decent job throwing the football,” said Spencer.
Tyler Ewing, a 6-1, 166-pound sophomore split end, is one of AmRhein’s top receivers. “He has pretty good hands and he’ll go after it,” said Spencer.
The Cougars usually use a single-back offense with a tight end and wing on one side and a split end and slotback on the other.
Spencer said their overall quickness is “comparable” to Perry Central’s. “I don’t think they have anybody who’s going to flat outrun us.”
Their offensive line features mostly players between 225 and 250 pounds.
“We’re a little bigger on the offensive line,” said Spencer. “Defensively we might be comparable.”
The Cougars play a 3-5 defense or variations of it, including a 5-2 or 5-3.
Their nose guard, 5-7, 166-pound senior Jordan Hamilton, “is pretty quick,” said Spencer. “And their linebackers fly to the ball pretty well.”
As for what Perry Central will be able to do best against the Cougars, Spencer said, “We’ll have to see how they want to play it. If they’re going to play eight or nine men in the 2-yard range . . . I think our play-action passing game will come along.”