Prep Football: Boyle looks to end regular season on a strong note at Whitley
Boyle County¿s Aiden Hoskins and the Rebels close out the regular season Friday at Whitley County. (Clay Jackson / October 25, 2012)
The Rebels travel to Whitley County on Friday before hosting Clay County in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. But Boyle coach Larry French doesn’t want his team to look ahead to Clay and lose any momentum they’ve built up at the end of the year.
“We’ve been on a roll the last two or three games,”¿French said. “Offensively, we’ve been clicking on all cylinders and defensively we’ve been improving, and we need to continue to improve defensively if we want to have a run at this.
“We’ve got a lot to play for. We have a 5-4 record, and we’d like to end the season with a winning record. It’s been a challenging season for us, and this time of year you don’t want a poor performance.”
Boyle will be facing a Whitley team which averages 312 yards per game on the ground, while scoring 31 points per game and rolling up 365 total yards per game. Boyle is giving up 23 points and 326 yards per game.
“They’re a big, strong football team that runs the triple-option well, and they’re good in all three phases of the triple option,”¿French said. “They’ve got a big fullback and they’ve got a quarterback that runs the option well, and they block well with their linemen up front.
Zack Mills leads Whitley with 790 yards and five touchdowns, while Austin Hooper has 540 yards and two touchdowns and Boston Bryant has 506 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Austin Ysidro has 466 yards rushing with six touchdowns and six scores and is 21 for 45 passing for 357 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions. Mills has been his top target, catching six passes for 191 yards and five touchdowns.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us defensively,”¿French said. “And offensively, it’s going to be a challenge for us to move those big people.”
Whitley’s defense is giving up 21 points and 234 yards per game. Boyle comes in averaging 39 points and 450 yards per game.
Quarterback Casey Whittle has put together a solid season going 76 for 148 for 1,289 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Seph Burke has 1,011 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns, and Lloyd Hall has 477 yards rushing with three touchdowns and has caught a team-high 27 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns. Josiah Robbins has 18 catches for 350 yards and six touchdowns. Robbins also leads the team with four interceptions, as Boyle has forced 23 turnovers, 18 by interceptions.
French said Whitley wil play a base five-man front defense, but changes according to what the offense is doing. So he’s more concerned with how his team looks than with Whitley will throw at them.
“We’ve just got to be prepared and execute,” he said.
Don’t look for Boyle to get too experimental Friday. French said in this last game, the Rebels just want to try and shore things up to get ready for the playoffs.
“We just try to do what we do. We’ll put in a wrinkle here and there and we’ll work on that,” he said. “But for the most part we just do what we do, and we’ll try to improve on that.
“I think it always boils down to (executing). If we execute, you’re going to have success. If we can’t, they probably play a part in that with their defense. We’ve got to go out there and block and tackle. It’s a simple game of you can block and tackle better than the other team. Those are things we’ve worked on all season, and we’ve gotten better as the season has progressed.”