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The Amboy-LaMoille football team will see a wide variety of offenses today when it travels to Orion for a 7 p.m. Class 2A second-round playoff game.
“They run a multiple offense,” A-L coach Gary Jones said. “They have a lot of formations. They are very well coached. (Orion coach Chip Filler) does an excellent job trying to formation you out of position.”
To try to avoid that, the Clippers (8-2) spent the week learning to identify the different formations used by the Chargers (6-4) and how to line up against each set.
“Defensively, we have to be very well disciplined,” Jones said. “We have to recognize formations. The big thing is getting lined up correctly against the variety of formations. We have worked a lot on recognizing formations.”
Amboy-LaMoille must also recognize where senior Dylan Schultz lines up.
The tailback is capable of hurting opponents in a variety of ways as evidenced by his performance last week in No. 8-seeded Orion’s 31-24 upset over No. 1-seeded and undefeated Eastland-Pearl City.
Schultz ran for 140 yards and racked up 95 receiving yards while scoring all four of Orion’s touchdowns.
“He has great speed,” Jones said. “They try to single him up, run quick-type screens and try to fly him out in the flat. They do run out of the wishbone and use power-type stuff, but most of the time they spread out and try to get him in the open field.”
Along with playing disciplined defense, the Clippers will try to prevent the potent Charger offense from scoring by keeping it off the field with A-L’s grind-it-out offense.
“I think the main key for us is we have to control the ball, get some long drives and keep their offense off the field,” Jones said. “They’re a big play type team. We have to control the football, get good field position and be well disciplined on defense.”
Quarterback Tyson Powers leads the Clipper offense.
Last week, the senior threw for 77 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 68 yard and a pair of scores in No. 4-seeded Amboy-LaMoille’s 36-12 victory over No. 5-seeded North Shore Country Day.
A-L fullback Bailey Appleman rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown last week.
“They run a three-man to four-man front,” Jones said. “From what I’ve seen, they don’t do a lot of stunting. It’s a lot of base-type defense. We’re not going to change much what we do. We’ll run the option, run our power plays and use the play-action pass. That type of thing.”
The Clippers are looking for their first quarterfinal berth since reaching the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2007, while Orion, which plays in the West Central Conference, is playing for its fourth quarterfinal appearance since 2007.
“We have to be at the top of our game,” Jones said. “Each game now gets a little tougher.”
Orion coach Chip Filler could not be reached for comment.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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