Published Thu, Sep 6, 2012 1:06 pm
Friday night in Thornville could bring a high-scoring matchup in the MVL, as the Sheridan Generals will play host to the Morgan Raiders.
The Generals have outscored their opponents this season 109-7, showing that their offense is up to speed with previous seasons.
But Morgan is showing signs of life this year as they are averaging 28.0 points per game through their first two games. The Raiders have established their fullback Justin Head as the center for their offense, which could cause problems for Sheridan.
“He’s about 250 lbs. and he’s a very physical runner so that is something that we haven’t seen and you can’t simulate that in practice,” Sheridan head coach Paul Culver said. “That’s one thing that we tried to do, but we’re just going to have to wait until the game to see what presents itself.”
Sheridan will certainly have their hands full defensively against the Raiders, making Friday night a good test to grade this young team. Sheridan breezed through their first two games against lowly teams so it is hard to determine if they’re the real deal in the MVL, but Culver feels confident in the future for his team.
“I’ve been around this long enough that I think I have a pretty good idea of where we stand,” said Culver. “Everything is going to come in smaller increments than we would normally expect if we had a more experienced team.”
With a stretch of tough games ahead for the Generals, Coach Culver is taking things one game at a time with his main focus being steady improvement.
“I just think that individually there are a lot of things that we can improve on that are only going to make us better down the road and those are just fundamental things,” said Culver. “Football is still a pretty simple game—it’s blocking and tackling. You don’t have to have talent or skill to be a good tackler or a good blocker, it just takes an attitude.”