Warriors to try spread against Commodores

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Sports Editor

BICKNELL—North Knox’s high-scoring spread offense will challenge Perry Central when they meet in a first-round Class A football sectional game Friday at 7 p.m.
Though they run a spread, the 4-5 Warriors prefer running to passing, “kind of like (the University of) West Virginia,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson.
“They do have a tight end and they run a lot of three wide-receiver sets,” he added. “They’ll also use double tight ends with two wide receivers and one running back.”
They use two quarterbacks a lot. Chris Graman, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior, “is mostly a thrower,” said Gibson. “He has a pretty good arm and is fairly accurate.”
The other quarterback, Jordan Meurer, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, is “mostly a runner” and plays running back when he’s not at quarterback, said Gibson.
Which one sees more action at quarterback “depends on whatever’s working,” said Gibson.
When the Warriors do throw, “it’s mostly midrange stuff,” said Gibson.
He said Ben Auberry, a 5-9, 150-pound senior, is their top receiver. “He’s got pretty good quickness.”
Gibson said he thinks Perry Central will be “a little bit quicker overall, but they’re definitely quicker than some teams we’ve been facing lately.”
He also said he thinks Perry Central “will be a little bit bigger” than the Warriors.
The Warriors average 37.3 points per game compared with Perry Central’s 33.4. But scoring 79 points against Pike Central and 82 against Union—teams that each have only one win—inflated their average.
The four teams they have beaten have a 7-29 combined record. And Washington beat the Warriors 28-13 last week, giving the Hatchets their first win.
The Warriors give up 21.2 points per game. They play 4-4 and 3-4 defenses.
“I think they’ll be in a 4-4 most of the time against us because we’re a little more outside conscious than some of the teams they’ve seen,” said Gibson.
He said Blythe Bunt, a 5-8, 190-pound senior linebacker, is a standout on defense for them.
The Commodores plan to keep doing what they’ve been doing.
“We’ve been running the ball pretty well outside,” said Gibson. “We’ll have to do a good job with our perimeter blocking.”
Their running threat has helped open the Commodores’ passing game. Sophomore quarterback Lane Lynch has completed 69 percent of his passes, throwing for 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions.