Now, it’s Woodstock’s turn to do something four previous teams have failed to do this year — stop the Trojans.
While Woodstock’s strength is a front seven on defense anchored by linebacker Trey Alexander and lineman Tyler Baggett, second-ranked Lassiter (4-0,
1-0 Region 5AAAAAA) is still expecting to get yards and points in bunches when it hosts the Wolverines tonight at Frank Fillmann Stadium.
“Defensively, they mix pressure and coverage, and they mix looks in the secondary and the front very well,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said of Woodstock. “They don’t stay in one defense like some teams do. It’s a constant adjustment, and I’m trying to figure out what they are doing.”
Against Cherokee last week, Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz threw for 255 yards and a touchdown. The senior has 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year.
Printz also continues to chase down the state record for career passing yards. He has 6,868 in three-plus seasons, trailing the record-holder, Metter’s Zach Stanford (9,062), with six games and an expected playoff run ahead.
Printz has had no shortage of targets to aim for, with Blake Wilson totaling a team-high 96 receiving yards last week. Willie Police added 81 yards after finishing with 196 against Kell two weeks ago.
The Trojans also have Juwan Dickey and Clemson commitment Ryan Jenkins to make plays.
Lassiter is also building an expectation of starting fast, as it has in its first four games. The Trojans had a 27-6 halftime lead against Cherokee, a 28-0 lead over Kell and a 37-0 first-half lead over Hillgrove.
“We’re going to have our work cut out for us, especially on defense,” Woodstock coach Brent Budde said. “They have a lot of talent and can spread it around. Our kids will line up, give them different looks and see what we can do. Obviously, to stop a team like that is to keep our offense on the field.”
Woodstock (0-4, 0-1) may have to rely on its offense for help.
The Wolverines plan to establish the run and maintain possession in attempt to keep Lassiter’s high-octane offense on the sidelines. However, Woodstock’s offensive weakness has been its lack of scoring.
The Wolverines average only 8.3 points a game, and moving the football against a Lassiter defense that likes to get through the line of scrimmage won’t be an easy feat.
Woodstock did jump on top of Walton last week with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Justin Agner to Addison Base in the first quarter, but the Wolverines were shut out from that point forward.
Jean Boureau led Woodstock in with 79 yards on seven carries against Walton and is expecting to play a big role this week. However, the Wolverines may have to do better than 24 yards passing, especially if they’re forced to play from behind early.
“We’ve got to develop a couple of more weapons and a couple of more ways of attacking the defense,” Budde said. “We have to run the ball and grind it out.”