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South Decatur offense hard for Perry Central to predict

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD - Perry Central's defense plans to be ready for anything when the Commodores host South Decatur Saturday at 4 p.m.

"Historically they've been a passing team, but in their first game (a 28-0 win over Cambridge City Lincoln Friday) they primarily kept it on the ground," said Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer.

That was also the case in the Cougars' first game last year. But then against Perry Central they threw the ball 45 times, completing 19 of them for 329 yards. Perry Central did intercept five, though.

With a sophomore, 5-10, 165-pound Jordan AmRhein, starting at quarterback this year, the Cougars may not pass as much, though "he has a decent delivery," said Spencer.

His top receivers are Shan Rogers, a 5-7, 152-pound senior end and Andrew Pittman, a 6-2, 180-pound senior tight end.

Lincoln Hacker, a 6-1, 163-pound senior tailback, is the Cougars' main runner. "He's pretty quick," said Spencer. "He's probably not faster than anybody we have, but he does make some fairly good moves."

Jordan Clark, a 5-11, 223-pound senior fullback, will carry the ball on dive plays but is also "a pretty good lead blocker on blasts," said Spencer.

The Cougars operate "primarily out of an I" offense, though "they will run some split-back stuff," said Spencer.

Only one of their five interior offensive linemen weighs less than 205 pounds. Kyle Powers, a 6-5, 271-pound senior tackle, is the biggest.

"They do have some pretty good size, but I think we're a little larger," said Spencer.

The Cougars use a 3-5 defense but "they stunt one or two linebackers on each play," said Spencer. "They'll probably have eight guys pretty close to the box."

Pittman excels at one of the outside linebackers. "He's pretty tough," said Spencer.

Though the Cougars may be gearing to stop Perry Central's running game, "we think we're going to be able to move the football on the ground until someone proves we can't," said Spencer.

"If they do stick a lot of guys up there, we can go to our play-action passing game," he added. "We were able to hit two nice touchdown passes Friday."