Sometimes, football coaches can try to be too creative or complex.
Kentwood’s Rex Norris said it was time to go back to basics this past week, especially on defense, and it paid off Friday in an impressive 28-0 victory over a Tahoma team that can be explosive.
“We just went back to some basic calls that we run and let the kids be athletic so we could get the call out early,” he said. “Sometimes you over-think things as a staff, and when the kids start giving you some feedback and all of the sudden you start using that, that’s when it becomes pretty fun.”
Coming in, Norris had told me one key would be shutting down the Bears’ running game to make them one-dimensional. Mission accomplished, as Tahoma managed just 39 yards on 24 tries. And QB Amandre Williams completed just 15 of 32 passes for a season-low 110 yards (he’s the guy who threw for an SPSL-record 580 yards earlier this season).
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Defensive end Josiah Bronson spent a lot of time in Tahoma’s backfield and he nearly got a safety in the second half, but somehow Williams got rid of the ball.
It was the second shutout of the season for Kentwood, which has allowed just 30 points in five games, and avenged last year’s 26-14 loss – the Conquerors’ only division defeat.
That should be a great game Thursday between Kentwood and Federal Way and a big test for the Conquerors’ defense with Chico McClatcher coming off that record-setting performance Friday (397 yards).
Kentwood has allowed just 176 yards rushing TOTAL through five games.