GM Football Preview: @ Fort LeBoeuf

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Isaac Petkac, Sports Writer/General Mclane Radio Play by Play Announcer

Forget the Prep game two weeks ago. Ignore the McDowell matchup coming up next week.

Welcome to the biggest and most important game of the season, General McLane.

This Friday, the Lancers (5-2) (3-1 Region 6)  will visit Carm Bonito Field to take on Fort LeBoeuf (5-2) (2-2 Region 6), with the winner vaulting into and clinching first place in Class 5A. Here is a preview for both teams:

Fort LeBoeuf: The Bisons will play just their second home game of the season, and will finish out the regular season there as well. LeBoeuf is coming off a 49-7 loss to Cathedral Prep at Dollinger Field last Friday, a game in which the Bison held the ball for 34:54 of 48 minutes, but were unable to capitalize on the possession advantages, often giving up quick scores that put the game out of reach. Junior quarterback Cory Shields will lead LeBoeuf’s balanced offensive attack on Friday, an attack that averages a healthy 29.5 points per game. The Bison defense, however, will be the key to their success on game day, as they are allowing just 16 points a game, and have only allowed 32 combined points to teams not named McDowell or Cathedral Prep, their only two losses on the season.

General McLane: The Lancers showed no weaknesses last week, obliterating visiting East 48-6 in their last home game of the season. GM completely dominated from the start, taking a 21-0 lead just seven minutes into the game and never looking back. Six different players had rushing touchdowns, including running back Owen Watkins, who had a 56 yard run on his only carry of the day. GM combined for 259 yards and seven scores on the ground, none of which came from quarterback Ethan Laird, showing the depth of the Lancers running game. GM is averaging 30.7 points per game, slightly better than the Bison, and will be leaning heavily on the rushing attack that has been so successful this season. The defense must step up, however, as it has been the big question all year for the Lancers, averaging giving up 25.5 points a game.

Keys For a Lancer Victory:

1: Defense Wins Championships: This statement has haunted the Lancers this year, as their defense has not been able to stop the higher power teams, like Grove City and Cathedral Prep. For GM to win Friday, they must be able to contain Cory Shields and LeBoeuf, and, in my opinion, hold them to under 21 points to win.

2: The Momentum is Yours: While GM is coming off a dominating win, the Bison are coming off an embarrassing loss. The Lancers must carry this momentum into this game, as well. By forcing doubt back into the minds of LeBoeuf, GM will be able to get ahead early, and stay there throughout the game.

3: Home Field Disadvantage: This is only the second home game of the year for the Bison, so it is obvious that the support and crowd Friday at Carm Bonito Field will be magnified. Not only that, but with this game meaning so much, there is expected to be multiple media outlets there as well. It is extremely important that the Lancers score early and often to take the crowd out of the game, as well as the players, because home field advantage is something that can easily turn the tide of this game in the Bison’s favor.

General McLane at Fort Leboeuf: Listen Live! Pregame show R 6:30 p.m. game at 7:00 p.m. Isaac Petkac will have the call!

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