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CAMPBELLSBURG - Perry Central has rushed for over 300 yards in every football game this season, so Coach Mike Spencer expects West Washington to concentrate on stopping the Commodores' running game when they meet Friday at 7 p.m.
The 2-1 Senators usually play a 4-4 defense. But "against us (in recent years) they've played a 5-3 and even a six- or seven-man line trying to stop the run," said Spencer Monday. "So we think they're going to bring a lot of people."
The Commodores could go to their play-action passing game if the Senators concentrate too much on stopping the run, as "we think we match up well on the outside," said Spencer.
But the Commodores will still use a lot of running plays.
"We are going to try to run," said Spencer. "That's what we do - that's our No. 1 thing. We think we're a little quicker on the line of scrimmage than they are."
For once the Commodores may not have the size advantage on the line of scrimmage, though. The Senators' defensive line includes 6-foot-6, 341-pound Dustin Howard and 6-4, 296-pound Patrick Burks at tackles.
They also have a 5-10, 345-pound guard on offense.
"They're probably the biggest team we've played overall," said Spencer.
They also have some speed at the skill positions on offense. Cheyenne Young, a 5-10, 193-pound senior tailback, and Mark Chastain, a 6-1, 176-pound senior quarterback, "are good athletes," said Spencer.
The Senators usually use a one-back offense and "throw a lot," said Spencer. "Chastain throws the ball fairly well, especially on underneath stuff."
Two seniors, 6-3, 173-pound Josh Ross and 6-foot, 165-pound Cody Marrs, are his top receivers, said Spencer.
Chastain threw two touchdown passes against Perry Central last year but completed only 5 of 16 passes overall and had four intercepted.
The Commodores will also concentrate on stopping his running. "He has pretty good wheels and likes to scramble," said Spencer.