Both teams are 6-2. Both have a league loss to JSerra.
They are pretty much polar opposites as football teams. MD is big and physical and prefers to control the ball and the line of scrimmage. They have a very strong front 7 on defense and they vary their defensive front quite a bit. A lower scoring game plays to their strength.
Santa Margarita can also be physical but it's not necessarily their game plan. They have a big, reasonably effective O line but they don't necessarily have to control the LOS or even establish a run. They've been gaining three or four times as much yardage through the air as the ground. They run a spread and don't option very well. The defense is perhaps stronger in the backfield than up front.
MD will have to stop the pass and want to keep the speed of the game down. They will have to do it with pressure and blitzes, as I see it, since SM has three pretty reliable receivers. If they don't bring pressure on Costello they are in trouble. SM is strongest on offense where MD is weakest on defense (only relatively speaking, however). MDs offense is strongest (up front) where SM is weakest.
It's a hard came to call, but interesting......................................Luca
These games are tough to call. Intuition goes out the window. It seems the team that should win usually doesn't. Eagles by a point 21-20.
If this game comes down to special teams the Eagles are in deep trouble. They have the worst special team units in the Trinity League. One maybe two kickoffs have reach the end zone all season. Every other Trinity team kicks the ball out of the end zone. SM has replaced just about the whole kick coverage team with starting defensive players and the opposing team still brings the the ball out to the 45 - 50 yard line on every kickoff. Their poor kick coverage and clock management cost them the Jserra game. SM has missed or had blocked several xtra points this year and I believe they have made just two short field goals all season.Mr. Grady wrote:Both staffs believe they have a shot to pitch a shutout. MD's strength defensively is their physicality whereas SM's defensive advantage is on the tactical side - schemes, alignments and adjustments. Turnovers and special teams - especially field goals - will play a part as will a Costello to Sweet TD pass. SM 10, MD 9