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October 31, 2013

Blocking, tackling are key to Mustangs

FARMERSBURG, Ind. — Blocking and tackling have always been the two biggest keys in football.

So, it should come as no surprise that those two facets of the game will again be pivotal during Friday’s IHSAA Class A Sectional 47 semifinal contest between the Fountain Central Mustangs and the North Central Thunderbirds.

The sixth-rated Mustangs will be going with its multi-dimensional offense; while the 10th-rated Thunderbirds are expected to counter with a run game that is averaging 385.7 yards per game on the ground.

“We’re going to have our hands full with their run game,’’ Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “They’ve got a really good running back and their quarterback also runs it really well.

“We’re going to have to tackle well. If we don’t do a good job of getting those guys to the ground, it could be a long night for us.’’

Moore admitted that at times this season, his team has had a few problems tackling.

“In this age of football, the offenses are finding new and different ways to move the ball,’’ he said. “Just look at the scores, both teams are coming into this game averaging more than 50 points a game.

“It’s not a lot of fun trying to find a way to stop these offenses.’’

And finding a way to stop North Central senior running back Chase VanSchoyck, who has rushed for 2,229 yards this season and 33 touchdowns, has been the focused this week for Fountain Central.

“We’ve had a really good week of practice,’’ Moore said. “Our kids have done a nice job of getting ready for this contest against a very good North Central team.

“At this point of the year, you have seen close to every offense and defense there is, and we might need to adjust during the game.’’

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