Last Friday night I got my second look at the Carey Blue Devils and their signature wishbone offense.
Since I work with a number of Carey residents, former players, guys with wives from Carey and a couple of referees, at my day (factory) job, there’s a lot of talk, especially as the showdown between Hopewell-Loudon and Carey nears.
I watched the Chieftains early in the year, so from what I see Carey will have to make use of all the weapons it has to get a win.
Hopewell-Loudon takes on Seneca East this week, while the Devils meet North Baltimore. The following week will be the possible meeting of two undefeated teams at Carey’s Wentling Field.
Carey junior quarterback Tyler Brodman is a very good faker and may have to complete some passes in the big game. Mike Dennis, the Blue Devils’ 6-foot-7 tight end, will be a logical target choice. Dennis pulled in a short pass against St. Wendelin last Friday, made a nice move and finished with a good stiff arm to turn a quick toss into a 19-yard gain. Dennis caught two passes for 27 yards in the game.
Senior Matt Messmer will be another key to Carey doing well in the game. Messmer is listed as a 6-1, 200-pound halfback, and after interviewing him after the St. Wendelin game, I can tell that he is all of that size and probably more. Messmer rushed eight times for 48 yards against the Mohawks. He is a good blocker and a hard runner.
Fullback Derek Stock is the Blue Devils’ bread-and-butter guy. Stock also plays defensive end and will have to expend a lot of energy trying to pressure Hopewell-Loudon quarterback Tyler Brown. Carey may try to have Stock rest a bit during the game while their defense is on the field, as I am sure he is likely to get about 30 carries.
Dennis will be playing the other defensive end and will be expected to get pressure on Brown, make him move and throw him off his rhythym.
An athlete who really stands out for Carey is slight (145 pounds) Cy Strahm. Strahm is a very good kicker and plays excellent cornerback on defense. He plays an in-your-face game, is a hard hitter and always seems to be around the ball — just what coaches want.
Hopewell-Loudon will attempt to use its speed to disrupt the Carey rushing offense. If they can do that and get the Blue Devils in second- and third-and-long, it will take Carey out of its game.
If the Devils’ offensive line can come off the ball hard and fast, Stock can get up in behind them quickly and pound the ball like coach Todd Worst likes.
But ... like the football geniuses always say, you can’t look ahead, you take them one at a time, there’s no I in team, we need to be agile, mobile and hostile. You could go on and on and on and on ...