Burr Oak wraps up the regular season tonight at Waldron looking to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs after a 44-34 loss to Webberville last Friday. The Bobcats are 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Michigan 8-Man Football League. Waldron is 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference. A Burr Oak win would be good for third place in the league behind St. Philip (7-0) and Portland St. Patrick (6-1).
Still out with a sprained LCL (knee), junior widout/defensive back Hunter Dobberteen isn’t expected to play tonight. He should be back for the first round of the playoffs. Alex Munoz, a junior running back/linebacker, suffered a scary injury last weekend that was diagnosed as a neck spur. Fortunately, he was cleared early in the week and returned to practice Wednesday with no stiffness or pain.
“Waldron is a physical team that is well coached,” Bobcats coach Ryan Stephens said. “They run a combination of the spread and Power-I where they will try and use their physicality to overpower most teams. Waldron’s offensive line blocks fairly well where the Bobcats’ defensive line and linebackers will have to shed and rip through their blocks to get to Waldron’s backs.
“Waldron’s backs run hard and are quick, their quarterback, who is a little bigger and slower, will lay a shoulder and try and run defenders over, and their fullback also is a physical player but is not as fast. To beat Waldron, which is trying to clinch a playoff spot, the Bobcats will have to play disciplined football, watching out for tight end releases in the Power-I and outplay Waldron physically in their own game on both sides of the ball.”
“Practice this week has been much better with the seniors leading the way in intensity,” Stephens said. “Cole Summey, Brent Everitt, Logan Mount, and Arturo Gonzalez-Hernandez have hit hard in blocking and tackling drills sending the message to their teammates that a win on Friday night against Waldron is a must. The emphasis this week in practice has been drive blocking on offense and moving to the next level against a physical Waldron defensive front and linebackers. On defense, it has been angle and open field tackling where the Bobcats struggled against a small and quick Webberville last Friday night.”