I don't know what oriole has been up to, but I like it! Has anyone taken a close look at the latest games? I coach Pitt St. in Argento (Shotgun/90% Pass) and Gannon in Bava (I-Formation/65%-70% Run). We played game 1 of both seasons today and I have to tell you,
both games were great!
My Pitt St team was quite a bit more talented than Indy, but Indy had a very good defensive game plan in place. Talent finally wore their "D" down as my QB passed for 459 yards and 6 TD's (with 44 pass attempts), but I have to admit Indy put up a fight. Their defense picked off 1 pass and knocked down 5 more! On defense my 3-4 kept the pressure on the entire game, finally wearing the Indy OL down and recording 8 sacks, 5 by blitzing LB'ers. Indys top RB did rush for 125 yards, but got most of them when my "D" was expecting the pass and took advantage of holes made by my blitzing LB'ers. The final score was 42-20, and every play in the game MADE SENSE!!!!!!!
The Gannon game was a different story. The Newberry offense was led by a talented DII RB (ATH:51 Speed:60 STR:67 ELUS:65) running behind an avg. OL. My defense bent but didn't quite break as they gave up 180 yards rushing and 2 TD's. On offense Gannon had their own powerful running game, but was also able to mix in a strong passing attack, which made the difference. Gannon rushed for 221 yards and 1 TD and passed for another 223 yards...and 4 TD's! The big playmaker in the game was Gannon TE Kyle Gomez, a converted WR. Gomez simply couldn't be covered by the Newberry LB's and safeties, especially considering they were forced to play the run much of the game. The Gannon QB continually went deep to his TE out of the I-formation on 2nd/3rd and short. In the end Gomez caught 6 passes for a total of 147 yards and 3 TD's! The Gannon defense kept the pressure on all game (aggressive 3-4) and registered 6 sacks, 4 by blitzing LB'ers!
Bottom line...Both games made sense, were fun to play and were head and shoulders above anything I've seen yet out of 3.0. Congrats to oriole and anyone else involved!!!