2015 was a long time ago ...
@RD28327 is correct. 2015 was along time ago. For that matter so was 2016 which is one of the reasons why this game is so difficult to handicap. Nobody really has ANY idea who or what Mallard Creek is or what they will do. Far too many unknowns. EVen the guys pretty close to the program on this board couldnt give you the starting 22 or what the scheme will look like. I think that part makes it very hard to plan for if you are Scotland. Here is what I am looking for early-
- Does Palmieri/Stone get a little gimmicky and go with a 50 look or bring the safety in the box and try and force Scotland out of what they want . to do. Cape Fear brought the safety down right away and played with just one kid over the top. Worked pretty well. Will Bailey try to get a cheap one early and throw it some?
- How aggressive does GArcia get with the play calling out of the box. I can tell you in first games they are typically ultra conservative but this is a little different animal. I think MC is gonna need to get some points and more importantly stay away from 3 and outs.
- First games are often about turnovers. Real hitting for the first time for alot of these kids. Who gets a short field to play with.
Its the first time Mallard Creek has started a season coming off a loss since 2013. Unlike the last 2 years you have alot of under the radar type kids who understand what a great performance in a game like this against a kid like White can make for them and their futures. I suspect they have tired of hearing about Herschel Walker 2.0 . Whether they can do anything about it remains to be seen but I expect an inspired effort.