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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Tell City football coach Ryan George hopes the Marksmen’s failure to finish drives against South Spencer last week will keep them from getting overconfident when they visit Pike Central Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The Chargers have lost their three games by an average score of 58-12.
But George noted, “They had more rushing yards against Heritage Hills than we did. They run the ball very well.”
He also said that one of their top two-way players, fullback-linebacker Dakota Walker, may have missed the first two games.
Walker, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior, “is a hard runner,” said George.
“He’s not as fast as the other backs (though),” added George. “Kegan Aldridge, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound tailback, “is pretty fast.”
Chase Eaton, a 5-9, 150-pound senior, quarterbacks the Chargers. He doesn’t pass much and when he does it’s often short passes to Walker on screens or out to him in the flat.
George said the Chargers’ size on their line “is comparable to ours. “They do a good job blocking.”
George expects the Chargers to “use a five-man front—either a 5-2 or 5-3—on defense Friday.
“Their linebackers are pretty good,” he said.
As for Tell City’s plans on offense, “obviously we want to run the ball. But our passing game has got to improve,” said George.
He said part of what’s needed there is “running better routes. When one guy runs the wrong route and ends up in the same area with another one, it’s not hard to cover that.”