Southeast (2-2) at LaFayette (0-4)
In their first four games, the Raiders faced a variety of offenses. North Murray’s option. Gilmer’s wing-T. Cedartown’s power run.
Next on the menu is the Ramblers’ spread.
“They’re going to come out throwing the ball all over the place,” Southeast coach Sean Gray said. “... I think they will try to attack us vertically.”
That might not be a bad thing for the Raiders. They use a combination of I-formation and spread sets on offense, so the defense has practiced against spread looks since the spring. Southeast’s defense held opponents below 20 points in each of the first three games this season, but Cedartown’s Nick Chubb rushed for 360 yards on 28 carries while leading his Bulldogs to a 42-28 win last week at Southeast.
The Raiders led 21-20 at halftime.
“We’ve played good defense all year, except for last Friday night when we played a superstar,” Gray said. “I think our defense will be excited to face a spread team. We’ve seen the power I, the wishbone and the option. It gives us a chance to incorporate some coverages and stuff that we haven’t been able to use. We didn’t even use cards (at practice). We just called the plays by what we call them.”
Of course, LaFayette’s defense has a similar advantage.
“With the spread stuff, we’re able to go against our offense in practice, which gives us a helping hand,” said Ramblers coach Chad Fisher, who is in his first season at LaFayette after leading Gordon Central the past six seasons.
LaFayette doesn’t bring the same scoring threat Cedartown had. The Ramblers were shut out two weeks ago against River Ridge and only scored seven points last week versus Gilmer. Quarterback Lance Estus is averaging exactly 100 yards passing per game and has thrown just one touchdown and four interceptions.
“We have to do a better job executing what we’re doing,” Fisher said. “It’s just a growing process. We’re growing. ... We’re inexperienced in some spots.”
— Compiled by sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield and correspondents Larry Fleming and Dave Gordon.