“A team as good as Attica, they’re going to be very excited about the chance to redeem themselves from the first game. We have to be ready for them to come out sky high emotionally.”
They also have to be ready for dual-threat quarterback Brady Sheridan, who has passed for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns, and 544 rushing yards and 12 scores.
“One of the toughest things to defend in football, and something you’re seeing more and more all the time, is a true dual-threat quarterback,” Crabtree said. “Because of the nature of the game and the way it’s sort of changing a little bit, if you can get a guy back there that is effective running and throwing the ball, that puts a lot of stress on your defense. He’s one of those guys, for sure.
“He’s outstanding,” Crabtree added. “The tough thing about Attica is that not only do you have to defend him, but you’ve got to defend three or four other guys that are good playmakers. It’s not an easy night trying to keep them out of the end zone.
The Falcons also have one of those guys in senior Braydon Woodard who has thrown for 1,087 yards and is only eight yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark on the ground.
Sophomore Jacob Earl has also rushed for 1,562 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Falcons enter Friday’s game winners of 22 of their last 23 games, and are hoping to make it 23 of 24.
Still, they are using their past to keep them humble during their success.
“Just know where you came from,” Dowers said. “When I first started playing my freshman year, we weren’t great, but you’ve just got to work and get better every day.”
Friday’s game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. The winner will take on the winner of Fountain Central and North Central (Farmersburg).