GM Football Preview: vs Cathedral Prep

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Isaac Petkac, Sports Writer

 

For the Lancers, the toughest test of the season is finally upon them.

Two powerhouses will collide on Friday, as Cathedral Prep (4-0, 3-0 Region 7) visits Linden Field to take on General McLane (3-1, 2-0 Region 6). Both teams are coming off a win last week, and would like nothing more than to knock off their rival, in what could be the biggest game of the year for both teams. Here are some things to watch for on Friday:

Cathedral Prep: The Ramblers have started the season with a perfect 4-0 record after a 42-35 win over St. Benedictine (OH). Much of the contributions for these wins have come from their offense. Prep is averaging 51.5 points a game, good for first in their region. Quarterback Joe Mischler has impressed so far, throwing for 650 yards and 12 touchdowns, as well as having a completion percentage of 62.5%. Prep’s defense has also been stellar as well, allowing an average of 17.5 points a game,  as well as having three interceptions over the first four games.

General McLane: The Lancers are coming off their third consecutive victory, a 42-0 win over Strong Vincent last friday, improving their overall record to 3-1. Quarterback Ethan Laird has led GM’s vaunted rushing attack through the first four games, recording 627 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in that span. Evan Vincent and Jon Carrier have also helped solidify the ground game, combining for 247 yards and a touchdown so far this season. The Lancers also have had success through the air, with Nasir Singelton leading the way with 9 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns. General McLane’s defense, however, will be the biggest key if the Lancers hope to secure a victory Friday. GM is averaging giving up 27.6 points a game, a number they hope to lower by the end of Friday night.

Keys For a Lancer Victory:

1: Play a Clean Game: General McLane has been great at consistently scoring this year, but drive halting turnovers have, at times, been a problem. If the Lancers can play a turnover free game, their chances of victory will be much greater.

2: Back to Pass: Most teams prepare for the run when scouting the Lancers. However, Laird has shown that he can be a consistent passer so far this season. If he can find his receivers and keep the Ramblers off balance with a mix of run and pass, it will be a long night for Prep’s defense.

3: Possession, Possession, Possession: This game could easily come down to which team has the ball more. Long drives are going to be a key factor for the Lancers, so they can keep the Ramblers offense off the field. If GM is able to control the time of possession clock, it will give them a massive advantage.