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PC needs to contain Blackhawks’ speed duo

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Springs Valley has scored at least 46 points in three of its football games and only one touchdown in each of the other four games, including a 50-6 loss at Tecumseh last week.

Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson expects the 3-4 Blackhawks to bounce back for their 7 p.m. game at Perry Central Friday, though. “It’s always a good game when they play us,” he said Monday.

For Perry Central to win and keep its hopes of a share of the PLAC title alive, “We’ve got to stop their running game and make sure we’re not giving up stuff over the top,” said Gibson.

Sebastian Baggett, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior running back, and Levi Weddle, a 5-11, 170-pound senior quarterback, “are pretty fast,” said Gibson. “Other than those two, I’m not sure (about the Blackhawks’ speed).”

Baggett and Weddle are third-year starters. Baggett runs off tackle quite a bit.

“They use a lot of tight formations—a T, power-I, I with tight wings,” said Gibson. “They’ll run a lot of blasts and use a little misdirection, though not as much as Southridge.”

The Blackhawks pass “about 40 percent of the time, maybe 30 percent if things are going well for them,” said Gibson. “Weddle is not a great thrower but he makes some plays and he’ll get out and run (for large gains) if you don’t contain him.”

Since the Blackhawks often use double tight ends, Weddle’s top receivers are both tight ends, 6-2, 170-pound senior Jacob Nachreiner and 6-1, 145-pound sophomore Blake Robling.

The Blackhawks have excellent size at offensive tackles with 275- and 270-pound starters. “But their guards are a little on the small side, so it kind of evens out,” said Gibson.

The Blackhawks usually use a 5-2 defense, though “they will break into a 4-4 in passing situations,” said Gibson.

Their defensive standouts include Baggett, who will play defensive back or linebacker, and Jon Switzer, a 5-7, 160-pound senior who is “a pretty active linebacker,” said Gibson.

Gibson thinks Tecumseh’s speed may have bothered the Blackhawks, so “we’ll try to get outside a little bit to see if speed was a problem for them.”