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September 20, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Pacers are no stranger to the Wing-T

With more speed on defense than perhaps Bellevue, No. 1 Skyline and No. 2 Bothell combined, Grant Union (Sacramento) was a treat to witness Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Unfortunately for second-ranked Bellevue, it saw way too many Pacers in its backfield – and on way too many occasions – in a 14-0 loss.

“What prevailed tonight was our speed,” said legendary Grant coach Mike Alberghini.

You think?

The Wolverines, sans injured leading rusher David Nguyen and some other key contributors, were held under 175 rushing yards. They’ve been known to get that in a good quarter.

Bellevue, which missed a 31-yard field goal on its opening drive of the game, managed a pair of first downs after halftime. Wolverine second-half possessions, in order: three-and-out, three-and-out, fumble, three-and-out, downs, interception.

“We didn’t bring a lot of heat,” said Alberghini, who replaced every starter on defense this year. “We just tried to gap-control everything. We just told our kids, ‘Hit everything. Don’t guess.'”

Although the Pacers didn’t play their rival from Grass Valley the past three years due to a league change, Alberghini drew upon experiences from earlier this decade against Nevada Union’s Wing-T.

“That gave us some knowledge,” said Alberghini, who has guided the Pacers to 15 league titles and six section titles in 18 seasons. “They do a few more things than Nevada Union did, but because of our speed, we were able to recover a couple times.”

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