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Game of the Week: Sickles at Newsome


Published:   |   Updated: September 12, 2013 at 06:36 AM

Game of the Week: Sickles (2-0) at Newsome (2-0)

WHEN: Tonight, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Newsome Stadium, Lithia

QB/RB Comparison

Sickles QB Isaac Holder and RB Ray Ray McCloud vs. Newsome QB Spencer Preston and RB Travis Hempstead

Reading defenses, running the option and using the run to free up passing lanes -- few teams do those things better than Sickles and Newsome, and that has a lot to do with their quarterback/running back chemistry. Holder (18 of 43 for 158 yards and three touchdowns) and McCloud (county-leading 48 carries for 419 yards and three touchdowns) are a bit quicker and capable of making something out of nothing. Preston (8 of 15 for 141 yards) and Hempstead (37 carries for 245 yards and three touchdowns) have more of a steady, grind-it-out mentality. Both styles have proven very effective. Overall, Sickles is averaging 423.5 yards and 31.5 points a game and Newsome is averaging 320 yards and 30.5 points a game.

Time Management

Both Newsome coach Ken Hiscock and and Sickles coach Brian Turner said the key to the game is the same thing, but the coaches are looking at it from opposite angles. The key? Newsome's grind-it-out offense. “We want to chew up some clock with long drives,” Hiscock said of his super-efficient hybrid Wing-T offense. “We want to keep (Sickles' RB McCloud) off the field as much as possible,” Turner said. “We need to get some early stops and not let (the Wolves) eat up a lot of time off the clock.”

Defense, Defense, Defense

Many folks like to talk about offense when they mention these two teams, but how about their defenses? Sickles has allowed just 14 points and shut out a solid Durant squad last week. Newsome, meantime, has given up 19 points, 12 against high-octane Tampa Bay Tech and just seven to potent Gaither last week. Sickles also has a remarkable 12 sacks in two games and Newsome has six.

By the Numbers

Category Sickles Newsome

Points scored 31.5 30.5

Total yards 423.5 320

Rushing yards 344.5 250

Passing yards 79.0 70

Points allowed 7.0 9.5

Sacks 6.0 3.0

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