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Loads of residents from Roaring Spring, East Freedom and Martinsburg might be flocking to Grove Metropolis on Black Friday, however it received’t be for outlet purchasing — it is going to be to help Central’s soccer workforce within the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals in opposition to the Eagles.
The Scarlet Dragons might be compelled to journey for the second 12 months in a row — they performed at Slippery Rock in opposition to Grove Metropolis final 12 months — as a result of Eagles being on prime of the PIAA bracket, thus thought of the “home” workforce and the PIAA persevering with a COVID-era transfer of permitting house groups to host state playoff quarterfinal video games. A attainable semifinal matchup subsequent week could be at a impartial web site.
“It doesn’t matter unless people make it matter to them,” Central coach Dave Baker stated. “Obviously, we would rather play at Roaring Spring Athletic Field, but if we can’t, we will go to their place. It doesn’t bother us in the least. I don’t think it bothers the players.”
It didn’t matter final 12 months.
Central beat Grove Metropolis, 35-6, which is the rating the Scarlet Dragons have received by of their final two video games (over Penn Cambria and Clearfield).
“They were a pretty good team, and I think they are better this year,” Baker stated. “It looks like it’s going to warm up some and it may rain, it may not rain. I think they have improved, and all their best players are returning. This is not going to be an easy game, I would not think.”
A 12 months in the past, Central was compelled to run the ball greater than common attributable to a snowstorm. The climate is anticipated to be hotter Friday.
“I think the snow impacted our passing game and made it more difficult to pass,” Central senior quarterback Jeff Hoenstine stated. “We turned to the running game a little more in that game, and I think we did a good job of running the ball, but I think we’ll be able to pass a little more this year if the conditions are better.”
Grove Metropolis coach Sam Mowrey stated he didn’t suppose the climate will play a lot of a job, as a result of each groups are totally different and each groups should play in it.
“It’s a different group,” Mowrey stated. “We have a new group of kids. You have seniors that have graduated, new freshmen in the program. It’s a different group of kids with different leadership styles. Our team this year has done a great job of handling a tough schedule. They have been tested mentally and physically and played in some tight games and some stressful situations. They have done a great job playing for each other and not letting circumstances impact games.”
If Central does must run the ball, it should accomplish that with way more confidence in its line up entrance than it had initially of the season with the Dragons started the 12 months 1-2.
“At the very beginning, we were unsure about who were going to be our main players (on the line),” Baker stated. “We finally got settled on some players and got a lot better. The offensive line has blocked better. The defensive line has come off blocks and tackled better. Both lines have improved, without a doubt.”
A lot of the development simply got here from varsity enjoying time and laborious work.
“We have made a lot of strides from the beginning of the year,” Hoenstine stated. “We had a couple inexperienced guys that had not played at the varsity level yet, and they have some experience now and have come a long way. We have improved a ton, and it’s definitely going to help in these state playoff games.”
Central has received 10 straight video games.
“They are an extremely talented team. Offensively they have weapons all over the field,” Mowrey stated. “They have receivers, running backs and obviously the quarterback does a great job of getting the ball out and putting the ball in places where his guys can make catches. They are just such an explosive team offensively and can make big plays when it doesn’t seem like anything is there.”
Along with the expertise, Central has the expertise — not simply in soccer however within the baseball and basketball playoffs.
“Without a doubt. They have a feeling of readiness, a feeling of knowing they have done this before, and they are not nervous about it,” Baker stated. “It’s more of a feeling that this is just what we do. They have done it before and hope to do it again.”
Grove Metropolis quarterback Hunter Hohman has thrown for practically 2,000 yards this season and 17 landing passes however has additionally thrown 12 interceptions — one thing Mowrey stated the workforce is targeted on avoiding.
“For us to be successful, we have to make plays on offense and control the football,” Mowrey stated. “Our key to success, much like any other high school football team, is ball control and making sure we’re not giving any short fields or extra possessions, and defensively we have to create some turnovers and get a few extra possessions and make game-changing plays on special teams.”
If the sport comes all the way down to a remaining play, Grove Metropolis has performed in numerous shut video games this season, however the Scarlet Dragons have been down the identical highway.
“I think the experience definitely helps, being in these pressure situations before,” Hoenstine stated. “It’s a new experience for some guys, but having guys with experience on this team definitely helps, especially from a leadership standpoint.”