Winning football games starts on the defensive side of the ball.
Stopping the run stops the play-action, and it disrupts the opponent’s passing attack.
As the Ohio University football team suffered its first home loss Saturday, turnovers and some missed opportunities account for the team’s poor play.
Unfortunately, during the Cats’ four-game stretch, injuries have plagued the defense.
“It’s definitely somewhat disheartening--especially when you start to lose depth, especially in positions where we can’t necessarily afford it,” said Ohio University Football Team's Senior Captain Noah Keller.
At Saturday's Homecoming game against Ball State, half of the starters were in street clothes, out of the game.
Inexperienced players have had to fill starting positions.
“You got to hope that your recruiting and your player development and coaching staff does a good job getting those guys ready, and the next guy up is able to play,” said Keller.
Freshman D-lineman Antwan Crutcher did all he could against Ball State, compiling nine tackles in his first career start.
The team had a lot of bad luck this year in the training room but the players understand that they can’t sweat the things they can’t control.
“Making it through, you always have to have a positive attitude. It’s big mentally for yourself... pushing other people and making sure they see you’re doing well and that you’re not going to step down just from having a couple bumps and bruises,” said Offensive Lineman Eric Herman.
The Bobcats travel to Akron this Saturday. They hope to come back home healthy and with a W.