Friday, October 12, 2007

The Game

Well, we're less than 24 hours from the final week of the football regular season. This means it's time to make a final go at looking at the big matchup in Troy - The Collar City Cup sponsored by The Record. I've decided to break down the game in the three aspects of the game and see which team has the edge.

Offense: Both teams offenses have shown that they can score. La Salle has a great passer in Jared Henkel and a good running back in Marquis Terrell. With the big guys up front, the Cadets have had one of the top offenses in Section II. Troy quarterback Zach Dolan is a good leader and the Flying Horses have been able to establish the running game with whoever gets the ball even though, their best rusher is Fred Fitch, who missed last week's game with a bruise on his shin. Although I like both offenses, I'd say La Salle's is more dangerous. Edge: La Salle

Defense: Troy's defense seems to have the big edge here. La Salle coach Al Rapp said himself he didn't like how the defense has been playing. They gave up 37 points last week against Schenectady, which is 30 more points than Troy's defense has given up in the past two weeks. Troy does a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback, while also being able to stop the pass. The Cadets defense will need to step up, but right now the Flying Horses defense is superior. Edge: Troy

Coaching: Both coaching staffs are veteran and very good. Troy's Jack Burger has returned and so far, has the Flying Horses undefeated. He's won a couple of state titles and his staff has been with him for a long time. Rapp coached at Cambridge before coming to La Salle and he's got a good staff as well, but I would give Troy a slight advantage. Edge: Slightly Troy

I'm not going to make a prediction on the game because I'm covering it, but if I had to choose a winner, I think I would go with La Salle just because of the big strike ability of their offense. If they get down, they have the fire power to come back. I think Troy's defense will have to play better than La Salle's in order to win.

The photos were shot by Jim Carras. On the top, are seniors Josh Brown and Jared Henkel of La Salle, hoping to get their hands back on the Collar City Cup. Below, we have seniors Bob Vogel, Matt Marsh and Anthony Testo, who are hoping to keep the Cup with Troy High.


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