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The Orrick Bearcats hit the road for the second time in as many weeks Friday as they travel to Centerview for another I-70 Conference tilt with Crest Ridge.
Despite 59 yards in penalties last week, the two-time defending Class 1 titleholders still managed to pile up nearly 500 yards of offense as the Bearcats cruised to a 36-0 win at Sweet Springs.
While Orrick was rolling to its 30th consecutive victory, the Cougars struggled learning their new offense in a 42-7 loss to Concordia.
Second-year Crest Ridge coach Chris Cavanah has his team running out of the shotgun this season.
The Cougars had problems with the snaps for most of the night as four first-half turnovers helped Concordia build a 29-0 lead at the half. Crest Ridge also lost its starting center early in the game, which forced Cavanah to begin juggling players around.
“It hurts them because I’m sure with the limited numbers we all have, when you get an injury here and there, you’ve got to move people around to where they are not used to playing and it causes problems,” Orrick Coach Pat Richard said.
Richard said his defense will have to watch its keys against the new Cougar attack.
“We’re going to have to do a good job of adjusting to it and setting our defense to it,” he said. “Yeah, they had a lot of problems holding onto the football. They had a few bad snaps and when you’re running that type of offense, with the misdirection and the faking, it’s hard to hold on to the football sometimes.”
Crest Ridge managed only 85 rushing yards and this week faces an Orrick defense that surrendered just 89 yards to the Greyhounds.
“I thought we played pretty well on defense against a good team,” Richard said. “I thought our linebackers played as well as they have in a long time.”
Concordia would end the night with 321 rushing yards against Crest Ridge last week, while the Orrick offense clicked as Clayton Jones made his first start at quarterback.
“I thought Clay did an outstanding job of executing the offense and carrying out his fakes,” Richard said. “I thought Paul Miller and Turner Twyman did a good job at tight end. They had never played there with our starters, and then to step in and do such a great job – I was really happy with their performance.”
Although the numbers looked good, Richard added that there are still some areas his team needs to concentrate on to improve.
“We need to work on a lot of things this week,” he said. “We need to concentrate on getting better each week and playing at a high level to get to where we want to eventually end up.”