GM Football Preview: @ McDowell


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


A rivalry game. On the road. McDowell’s senior night game. GM coming off a heartbreaking loss.

Does this week scream redemption or what?

The Lancers (5-3), (3-2 Region 6) will have their final game of the regular season on Friday, as they visit Gus Anderson Field to take on the McDowell Trojans. After a game last week in which GM failed to clinch the class 5A title, the only focus for the Lancers will be rebounding from the loss, and finishing out the season with some momentum before the D-10 playoffs. However, the test they face this week will not be easy, as they will face a 7-1 Trojan team that will be looking to send their seniors off on a high note. Here is a look at both teams as they roll into week nine:

McDowell: The Trojans have had a near perfect season, with their only loss coming to Cathedral Prep early in the season. A 28-21 overtime victory last Friday gave McDowell their fifth consecutive and seventh win of the year, one that looked to slip away, as the Trojans squandered a 21-0 lead, only to win it in the extra period. Quarterback Levi Becker has led the charge on offense, putting up 1314 yards through the air so far this season, along with 17 total touchdowns (12 pass, 5 rush) and a QB rating of 92. In terms of the ground game, McDowell is one of the best. Junior Xavier Pullman has rushed for six touchdowns  on 390 yards rushing, while senior Tim Romanski has three scores and 255 rush yards. Simply put: the Trojans offense is a powerhouse, averaging 34.8 points per game. McDowell’s defense has been stellar as well, totaling 26 sacks and 10 interceptions through eight games.

General McLane: How much more heartbreaking can a loss be? The Lancers dropped the essential class 5A regular season title game 49-42 to Fort LeBoeuf last Friday, a game which featured seven ties, three lead changes, and the game winning touchdown with 1:01 left to play. Quarterback Ethan Laird led the way with 112 yards on 20 carries, while Evan Vincent ran for 102 yards on 20 touches. Both players found the end zone once, something the Lancers were able to do six times on the night. GM’s offense has been superb again this year, tallying for a combined 2418 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns. Laird has been the most dynamic player so far, accounting for 17 of those scores, and needs just 57 yards rushing on Friday to eclipse 1000 for the season. GM has needed their 32.2 points per game scoring average this year, however, as the defense has struggled, allowing 28.5 PPG on average.

Keys For a Lancer Victory:

1: Put a Target on the Back: Last week, the Lancers allowed Jared Kula to account for six touchdowns, something they cannot allow in this game. Stopping Pullman will be the key for GM’s defense. If Pullman is unable to get into a rhythm, it will force Becker to carry the offense, which can be to the advantage of the Lancer secondary.

2: Go Big or Go Home: For GM to win this game, they are going to have to have some bounces go their way. If the Lancers elect to open up their playbook, and have Laird to throw some passes down the field, they may be able to catch those breaks that will help them win the game.

3: Play to Win Two in a Row: This is a tough game for GM’s coaching staff. If the Lancers can keep it close by putting points on the scoreboard, then the starters will play the entire game. However, should the game get out of hand, we may not see the starting group for 48 minutes, especially with no bye week in between Friday’s game and the D-10 playoffs.

General McLane at McDowell: Listen Live! Pregame show at 6:30 p.m., game at 7 p.m. Isaac Petkac will have the call!

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