What will be the difference in this game?
What will settle the final outcome?
Last year we had Ragsdale(13-0) at Dudley(13-0) in the playoffs and this year’s game(Page-Dudley) bears striking similarities to what we ran into last season……
Page(8-1) at Dudley(8-1) and both teams suffered their lone losses at the hands of Ragsdale in Jamestown. Dudley fell 18-8 to the Tigers, back on August 28 and Page experienced the same fate, 42-21 on September 11.
Last year’s Ragsdale-Dudley game was one for the archives/books, but that was last year, and now we are talking 2009 and the Metro 4-A Conference title. The winner of Friday’s Page-Dudley game is right in line, for the 2009 regular-season crown.
What will determine the winner in this game? What will be the difference?
They are already talking crowds in excess of what we saw last year for Ragsdale-Dudley and you would think the home field/crowd advantage would favor Dudley.
Could this gate be split with an even number of fans from Page and Dudley? We shall see come Friday night and this is N.C. A&T’s Homecoming Weekend, so that might bring in a few extra Dudley alum, or they might be saving their money up for the Aggies on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. You have to believe that the true fans support both/all Blue and Gold……
The home field/crowd advantage favoring Dudley…..
What about on the field?????
On the way in, I would say, offense favors Page and defense favors Dudley.(If I remember correctly, Dudley beat Page by just a TD early in the regular season in 2008, at Page.)
Page with Drew Rogers and James Summers as the super-sophomores have really come on strong this season for the Pirates and senior QB Bruce McCoy, has said by his play on the field that, “you can’t get me out of this lineup”.
Lenny Gordon has had himself one heck of a senior season as the top Pirate fullback and as the #2 or #3 tailback and we hear that Thuc Phan is due back on Friday night after turning his ankle in the Smith game and having to miss the past 7 quarters of action for Page. It will be a big boost for Page on offense to get Thuc back, especially with his returns on punts and kickoffs…..
McCoy and Summers can both pass for Page and Summers can tuck and run and both McCoy and Summers end up in pass patterns when they are not under center or in the gun…..Rogers has put up the most yards and touchdowns and he will be a real test for the Dudley defense.
And speaking of that Dudley “D”, they picked up 2TD’s on picks last Friday night at Western Guilford and when you start talking about that the Panther defense, a smile comes to the face of most folks talking football down on East Lee near Lincoln Street.
The DB’s are as good as any in the region when you look at them as a collective group. Amerson, Martin, Okoro, Reynolds and Simmons are as good as any of the defensive backs you will see anywhere on the HS level. Six men up and five men back and you have to think those DB’s will be stepping up or walking up a little bit closer to the line come Friday evening. The Dudley DB’s were in lockdown mode against Western and the Hornets could not find any space……
Major Bryant, Denzel Jones, Travores Jenkins and Brandon Burkes are the men that hold down the middle and you can count on them. Jones got banged up a bit last Friday night, but he should be right back in the thick of it, this Friday.
Bell, Neal and Level among others can spot the D’ line and Major Bryant likes to creep up and join them so he can turn the run back inside for his linebacking partners.
Dudley has the defense and Page has the offense, as the Pirates are averaging just over 42 points per game on the way in and the Panthers are giving about a third of that.
Those total numbers read:
378 total points scored and 42ppg….
108 total points allowed and 12ppg allowed…..
Dudley’s offense can be potent and they can grind it out with Peterson and Gaylord in the backfield and last week they incorporated the DB’s into the offense with Amerson, Martin and Reynolds becoming receivers. Alex Moore is a very efficient QB for Dudley and he works in a run-first, pass-second system for the Panthers and that’s what works best for them.
Page’s defense, led by Jon Spain will have to get ready for the run and the DB’s with Campbell, Todd and company will have to come up and add on the hits/sticks to the Dudley RB’s. Tony Rustin in the middle of the D’ line will need to bring his lunch as they say, and he could go a long way in determining how far those Dudley backs go on offense.
Dudley has offense and Page has defense, but I still think we need to go back to those earlier numbers and those numbers are probably line dictated numbers…..Page’s offensive line is one of their best in recent years and the Dudley D’ line is not what it was last year, but with Major Bryant coming up and stepping in, they are still just as mobile and they are quicker.
Quicker to the ball will be the key for both teams…..
Quicker is the key, but if kicker becomes a key, then Page is in with Austin Anthony. I’m not sure if this kid has missed one all year. Page would be set to win the kicking war and Dudley will have to make sure, that it’s defense doesn’t allow the kicking game to become a factor.
Great coaching staffs on both sides of the ball and many of the Dudley coaches used to be Page coaches or Page players…..
This is for the Metro 4-A Conference Title and it all goes down, on Friday night, at Dudley’s Tarpley Stadium. We should be in store for one heck of a game.
Just some early thoughts on the way in and what are the rest of you thinking/saying?????