Looking At The Explorers
Offense was of little issue last game. Putting up 34 points is never a thing to overlook especially against a team like Bergen. Senior Kyle Shurmur put up another very impressive performance throwing for 355 yards and 4 touchdowns on 22-34 for passing. Fellow senior Jimmy Herron was the main target of Shurmur and went on to catch for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 receptions. The Explorers should look to improve their run offense as senior Jordan Meachum was shut down on his carries, but was able to receive for two more touchdowns. One hindrance that the Explorers will have to face is that junior Nick Rinella will be out for his second straight game which removes one of many offensive weapons the Explorers have. Look for the Explorers to improve their run game this week, but mostly rely on the arm of Kyle Shurmur at least until the line settles in.
Letting up 42 points is something you want to quickly move on from and that is what the Explorer defense should look to do. Despite allowing many points, the Explorers did have a good amount of bright spots to discuss. They were able to shut down the Bergen offense in the first quarter and only let up 14 points at the half. They also had two interceptions on star Jarret Guarantano from Jimmy Herron and senior AJ Grezeszak. Late in the game they also shut down the Crusaders giving the Explorers one last chance down 42-34 to bring in the game-tier. It is also worth to note that juniors Nick Rinella and Jared Walls were both out which put a dent in the Explorer secondary. With at least Walls coming back this week, the Explorers should look to improve their run defense after letting up 104 yards on 25 carries to Bergen RB Corey Russo. Look for the Explorers to be a different defense and not let up the same type of performance again.
Looking At DeMatha Catholic
The Stags feature not one, but two high end Division One running backs. Senior Lorenzo Harrison has already committed to the University of Maryland while sophomore Anthony McFarland has picked up big time offers from schools such as Ohio State, Florida State, Nebraska, and West Virginia. Sadly, senior Lorenzo Harrison dislocated his elbow in the first game of the season and will be out for at least a couple more weeks. Despite this, DeMatha will seem to remain a very run heavy team especially after graduating QB John Lovett who is now at Princeton. The Stags now hold a QB position that is being jostled between Dyland Stein, Beau English, Tyler Lenhart, and Evan Young. Last game against St. Mary Ryken, Anthony McFarland broke lose for 253 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. If the Explorers look to succeed, they will have to target the inexperienced starting QB and shutdown McFarland.
The Stags defense feature another two elite Division One players. Junior defensive end Shane Simmons has already committed to Penn State University while senior free safety Tyler Green has committed to Ohio State University. The Stags are also led by senior defensive ends DeAndre Kelly(Temple Commit) and Julius Combes. Judging from the size and ability of these players DeMatha seems to have no problem shutting down the run. The inexperience lies in the secondary as DeMatha graduated most of its starters. If the Explorers look to succeed in this aspect, they will have to shut down the strong DeMatha line, and protect Shurmur so he can spot his receivers down field.
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