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Commodores will try to stop Mitchell’s power running

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Perry Central will try to stop Mitchell’s power running attack when they meet in PLAC football Friday at 6:30 p.m.
“They use a straight-T offense most of the time and run mostly off tackle,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “They’ll use a full-house backfield in a shotgun formation every now and then and spread it out about one percent of the time.”
The 5-3 Bluejackets’ backs operate behind a big offensive line.
“Their guards and center are all about 270 pounds,” said Gibson. “Their tackles are not as big - they’re 220.”
Trey Slone, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior fullback, carries the ball the most for the Bluejackets.
Brandon Brazzell, a 5-9, 192-pound junior, and Trey Speer, a 6-2, 170-pound sophomore, are their other running backs.
“They’re not burners but they’ve got quick feet and they hit the hole pretty hard,” said Gibson.
Caleb Lebowski, a 6-foot, 206-pound senior, was the Bluejackets’ top running back last year but has taken over at quarterback this year after last year’s starter there, Tyson James, son of former Perry Central star Paul James, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a basketball tourney last summer (his father suffered a similar injury in high school).
Lebowski doesn’t pass much, though. “They only throw when they have to,” said Gibson.
His top receiver is Cade Pritchett, a 6-foot, 166-pound senior. “He’s got good hands,” said Gibson.
The Bluejackets use a 3-3 stack defense. “It’s basically a 3-5,” said Gibson. “They’re pretty good against the run - they’re quick to the gap and flow well.”
Slone is also a defensive standout, as “he’s a pretty good linebacker too,” said Gibson.
Another defensive standout is senior nose guard Ethan Bohnenkamp. At 5-8, 185 pounds, he is small for that position, “but he’s really quick,” said Gibson. “He likes to shoot the gaps and cause problems.”
Mitchell is 3-1 in the PLAC and Perry Central is 2-2, so the Commodores can tie the Bluejackets for second place in the conference with a win Friday.