Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thoughts on Country Day's D-4 state final loss

- The difference in the game in my opinion seemed to be the second half adjustments by the South Christian coaching staff, finding ways to keep the Yellowjackets out of rhythm for the majority of the second half after finding some success late in the first half.

- The game got out of hand in a hurry as South Christian turned its first drive of the second half into a touchdown that looked relatively easy. Then the defense forced a three and out for the Country Day offense and on the ensuing punt, South Christian returned it for another score. In the blink of an eye, the score went from a manageable 14-7 deficit to far tougher task to overcome at 28-7

- By no means is the cupboard bare for Country Day looking forward to next year as it will return all four starting skill position players on offense with running back Richie Willson, quarterback Tyler Wiegers, as well as receivers Maurice Ways, and Tristin Wiegers.

- Give credit to the Country Day senior class, which was filled with unsung heroes, but in a season where not much was expected, they led the Yellowjackets to a memorable season and might have set the table for a big 2013 and possibly beyond next year.

- Junior defensive lineman Derrick Coleman quietly had a strong game for the Yellowjackets, tallying two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble for the game and proved to be one of the few disrupting forces against the South Christian offense.

- South Christian quarterback Derek Woltjer was outstanding all game long. The guy looked like anything but a backup, as he was filling in for starting signal caller Jon Wassink, who was hurt in the semifinal win.

- Woltjer, directing the South Christian read option offense simply picked apart the Country Day defense, whether he was running, throwing or handing the ball off on his reads. They Yellowjackets just didn't have an answer all game long.

- I'm not making any excuses for Country Day, but it is possible that the fact that there isn't much tape on Woltjer as a quarterback left Country Day unsure of what to expect from the South Christian offense. However, Country Day had to be aware of his play making ability as he is one of the starting receivers for South Christian.

- On the flip side, would the game have been even more out of hand if Wassink had been healthy and ready to play on Friday? Wassink was widely regarded as one of the state's most productive signal callers and is a very accomplished passer as well.

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