Poulson's Pulse -- Sept. 15, 2009
Sept. 15, 2009
One step at a time. It is now safe to say that step one was FINALLY taken this past Saturday against Georgetown in Georgetown's first-ever night game. The build up before the game was torture, but the way the coaches scheduled our departure times and meetings throughout the day Saturday broke up the monotonous waiting in the hotel rooms that everyone had to endure.
For everyone else in the league, it was just another game, but for us it was our first game and the very first test the team had to undergo in our journey to a championship this season. The biggest question of the day was not if we were ready, but how exactly the team was going to perform together for the first time. What we knew coming out of preseason was that this team has huge potential on both sides of the ball, but there is always uncertainty when one talks about potential.
In this case, both sides of the ball came out firing on all cylinders. From the opening kickoff, everyone was flying around and trying to make plays. Offensively, the backs really showed up, fighting for every yard and every inch. The success of the backfield was obviously credited to the o-line's ability to get movement and open up holes against Georgetown's d-line and line backers. This was their first test under the coaching of Stan Clayton and I believe he had them all fired up and ready for this match.
Of course some real attention needs to be brought to Rob Curley and even more Mark Layton. The connection these two players had on Saturday was a sight to see indeed. Curley was spreading the ball around well and comfortably, but Layton stole the spotlight by getting up and going for the ball, breaking tackles, and overall performing extremely well. Defensively, the d-line had an overall satisfactory night against Georgetown's offensive line. Georgetown's quarterback was finding himself off the mark, pressured and knocked around all game. This cannot all be credited to the d-line; the linebackers had a good night, blitzing full speed and getting out into space well. The banged up secondary decided to crush all doubters by playing shut down coverage all night. Good coverage creates good pressure and vice versa.
Overall, I am very happy with the clear result we obtained Saturday. Some aspects of our game really shined through, while others still need to be refined and continue to get better every week. Great win on the season opener, but the next test is against a very strong Liberty Flames. They will prove to be a very competitive and athletic team, but as I've said before, we will prepare and work our hardest to get ready for our first home game against another formidable opponent. It's time to take the next step.
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