GM Football Preview: vs East


Isaac Petkac, Sports Writer

We are now into the latter part of the season, and General McLane is looking to make a strong push for the playoffs on Friday. The Lancers (4-2), (2-1 Region 6) welcome visiting East (1-5), (0-3 Region 6) to Linden Field, with the game having a different meaning for both teams. Here is the scouting report for both teams.

East: The Warriors have had it tough for the past couple of seasons, going winless in 2015, and starting out this season 0-5. However, East picked up their first win in 16 games last Friday with a 24-9 win over Youngsville, OH. Quarterback Jeric Johnson arguably had his best game of the season, throwing for 58 yards on only two completions, both of which went for touchdowns. Jameel Gibbs was also a key contributor for East, catching both touchdown passes, as well one on the ground, gaining 117 rushing yards. The Warriors must find a way to score early and often just like last week, as they are only averaging 8.0 points per game, the lowest in Region 6.

General McLane: The Lancers rebounded nicely after the loss to Prep with a 35-21 homecoming victory over Conneaut. Quarterback Ethan Laird added to his stellar season, rushing for 196 yards on 20 carries, and three touchdowns. Laird also threw for a touchdown to Nasir Singelton, who picked up two catches, along with his third receiving touchdown of the year. GM’s defense also put together a stellar performance, as Jacob Lenhardt had two sacks, and Laird and Owen Watkins both recorded an interception. The Lancers can move into second place in the region with a win and a Fort Leboeuf loss.

Keys For A Lancer Win:

1. Attack the Defense: Should GM expect to win Friday, being aggressive is key. The Warriors defense has been one of the worst in the region this year, allowing an average of 40.3 points a game. My magic number for the Lancers is 21. If they can reach that total, they should win this game.

2: Send the Seniors Out: It would be a big deal for the Lancers to get out to a big lead early. This is the final home game for GM, which mean senior night. A big cushion early on would allow coach Jim Wells to both rest his starters and play his seniors during their final home game.

3. Radio!: This is not a key to the game, but it is necessary to be noted. For the first time, GM will be broadcasting the game LIVE over their new radio station, which can be found online at Tune in at 6:30 p.m. as play by play announcer Isaac Petkac brings you the pregame show, followed by General McLane vs East at 7 p.m.!