St. John’s and Jefferson will be playing league foes Friday night.
The Blue Jays (4-3, 3-2 Midwest Athletic Conference) are fighting to solidify their playoff hopes (5th in Region 22) as they host another team also playing for its playoff lives, Versailles (5-2, 4-1 MAC; 7th in Region 20), 7:30 p.m. at Stadium Park.
The Wildcats (5-2) will step outside the Northwest Conference to visit NWCC foe Perry (3-4) at 7 p.m.
St. John’s coach Todd Schulte figures the Tigers have returned to some traditional schemes under new coach Adam Miller after the last several seasons being in the spread under then-coach Bob Olwin.
“They are more in the ‘I’ and run a lot of powers, especially between the tackles; they have returned to the power-running team of the past, especially when Al Hetrick was coaching. They are back to the traditional Versailles look of linemen getting off the ball, a little bit of old-school that runs downhill,” Schulte noted. “At the same time, they still have the Campbell kid at quarterback; he is an accurate thrower and can also run very well. They are more balanced this year. They aren’t real big but they have a lot of kids in the 6-2/6-3 range at 210/215 pounds. What I am most impressed with is their athleticism; we have their film against Coldwater and they matched up very well with the Cavaliers speed-wise.
“Defensively, they are primarily in the 4-3 defense. We have seen them in some blitz packages but generally, they get a lot of players to the ball. That athleticism is even truer on defense because they don’t have a lot of physical size.”
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