PDT Sports Writer
Is there a more productive football player in Southern Ohio than Justin Crager?
After two games and 652 yards of rushing, the East senior quarterback has been drawing buzz throughout the region as well as the state. The 2-0 Tartans, fresh off a 36-19 win over Northwest, welcome Green tonight for the first of two meetings between the two county and SOC I rivals this season.
The Bobcats also enter the contest with an unblemished 2-0 mark after a 38-26 win over Millersport. Green coach Dan McDavid said positive vibes have been coming out of his locker room.
“The kids are loose, excited and ready to go,” McDavid said.
He and the rest of the team are well aware of Crager’s capabilities as the defense will not be designed any differently. However, McDavid pointed out Crager’s running mate as another person to look out for.
“We like the Bradford kid to,” McDavid said in reference to running back Tyler Bradford.
So far, McDavid has been pleased with how his team has team competes despite the limited number of players. One goal will be to stay on schedule offensively.
“Not too many coaches have second-and-20 plays,” McDavid said.
That means the rushing game consisting of Rob Applegate, Kyle Frasier and Levi Mollett will need to be just as dominant. Each player has been making the 100-yard mark a goal before their respective nights for the Bobcats is over.
With that being said, another big game out of quarterback Clay Applegate to make the offense multi-faceted is just as important. The two squads will meet again Oct. 19 in Franklin Furnace with possible SOC I and playoff implications.
“Their goal is to play every play at 100 percent,” McDavid said of his team.
East won the game in Sciotoville last year 48-21. When contacted, Tartans coach Todd Gilliland was not available for comment.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 242, or email@example.com.