Line Mountain has been through ups and downs this regular season, but today it plays host to Pine Grove, a team that has lost three of its past four games.
The Eagles are coming off a close loss to Newport, a game that came down to a 3-yard run with 1:07 left in regulation.
Line Mountain’s defense held the Buffaloes running attack to an average of 2.3 yards per carry.
Newport’s Ethan Rode had 175 yards on the ground before facing the Eagles. Rode posted 12 carries for only 48 yards versus the hard-nosed Line Mountain defense.
“Defensively, we played pretty well,” Line Mountain head coach Brandon Carson said. “We for the most part shut him down.”
Once again the Eagles’ defense put pressure on the opposing quarterback as Cameron Gaw posted a two sacks and sophomore Ki Phillips also chalked up a sack.
Colby Scott had nine sacks and Adam Malafi recorded eight tackles in the ball game for Line Mountain.
On offense, the Eagles averaged 2.3 yards a carry and quarterback Evan Herb threw three interceptions in the defeat.
However, Breven Derk found paydirt with a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Eagles in Week 7.
This week Pine Grove (4-3) pays a visit to Mandata. The Cardinals have lost two consecutive games. They have not lost a game by more than eight points this season.
“They’re big up front (offensive line). I think they average 250 (pounds). They run the ball down the opponents throat. They run the ball with their quarterback and they use jet sweeps. They have a good combination of size and strength,” Carson noted.
The Cardinals lost to Williams Valley 21-14 in an overtime battle last week.
Pine Grove allowed 192 yards on the ground and three rushing scores. However, the team did not allow a point in the second half before the overtime period.
This could bode well for Line Mountain as its been focused on trying to create a balanced attack on offense.
Even during a tough day running the football, Colby Scott was able to generate 66 yards for the Eagles.
Carson added that he discussed the physical nature of this week’s game versus Pine Grove and said they should be ready to, “Man up and be physical and be prepared for a hard-nosed, physical football game.”
My football’s keeper
One of Line Mountain’s biggest issues of late has been turnovers.
The Eagles had five fumbles and lost two of them last week versus Newport. They also had three interceptions, one returned for a score by Seth Little.
Two weeks ago Line Mountain committed two turnovers in its loss to Williams Valley.
Cameron Gaw has logged 8 sacks in his last four games, including three quarterback take downs two weeks ago.
Pine Grove has given up four sacks in its last two games combined. The Cardinals also allowed five sacks versus Tri-Valley earlier this season.