Sunday, September 02, 2007

No. 1 St. X jumps out to 7-0 lead

The Bombers are on the board first, 7-0, after a six-play, 46-yard scoring drive. St. X QB John Hurley hit WR Dan Milligan from about 20 yards out.

Early 1st quarter Observations: DeMatha size is apparent, but so far its speed has yet to show itself ... On its first drive, St. X's offense neutralized the Stags' speed advantage with underneath routes. Hurley was right on target with his first three passes ... X opening things up a bit in the passing game to make up for not having Ashley in the lineup ... DeMatha junior QB Tommy Chroninger, in his first varsity start at QB, looking a bit shaky. Missed his first three passes by a fairly wide margin ... DeMatha certainly looking like the team that is playing on the road and the team that has led much less preparation time for this game so far. We'll see if that snowballs.

Big momentum shift possible here as the highly reliable Milligan fumbles a punt return at midfield. Recovered by DeMatha with about six minutes left in the first quarter.

  • St. X plays great defense, not just because they have great athletes on defense. They play assignment-sound defense on every play.
  • DeMatha should be able to get its passing game clicking if Chroninger can calm down. He is a tough and poised kid, but it looks like he's panting like he's just run a half-marathon.
  • X makes me eat my words a bit as DeMatha finds a lot of running room on the option. Fred Craig makes a bit hit to save the first down, which DeMatha got on the next play anyway.

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