A clash of two offensive schemes meet when the spread style of the St. Albans football team plays host to smash-mouth Spring Valley.
Red Dragons Coach Steve Stoffel Jr. will look to exploit match-ups with his bevy of skilled offensive players, while the Timberwolves attempt to aggressively run down field. The two teams will start the season in a Mountain State Athletic Conference game at Crawford Field at 7:30 p.m. today.
"We hope that it creates some match-up problems for them," Stoffel said of St. Albans' zone-read look. "We feel very confident in our skill kids. We're very skilled this year, more than we've been in a while.
"We go four deep at receiver, four deep at running back and two deep at quarterback," he continued, "so we're hoping that we can mix and match eight different linemen up there and keep them fresh, which would give us an advantage, we hope, and see if we can't create some match-up issues whether it's in the run game or pass game."
Sophomore Jacob Grigsby will start at quarterback, though Stoffel said junior Noah Reed, who started seven games last season, will see playing time at the position, too.
"We want to make sure to give them both opportunities to (lead) the football team in a game-like situation and they haven't had that yet," Stoffel said.
A platoon of running backs will spread the carries too, in Ryan Broderick, Kevic Watkins, Sidney Washington and Christian Jones.
"They'll all get reps and carries," Stoffel said. "When one gets hot, he'll stay until he needs a break."
At receiver, seniors Cole Medley and Dakota Kelly will figure as top targets, with support from Terrell Lovejoy and Jeffrey Seams.
The St. Albans offensive style presents a not-so-familiar look for Spring Valley.
"It makes you play the entire football field," Timberwolves Coach Brad Dingess said. "That can create a little bit of problems for us because we're not really used to seeing that in practice and the two teams we scrimmaged were Wing-T teams about like us. It's going to be different for our kids."
Though Spring Valley graduated standout running backs Elijah Wellman and Ryan George, the Timberwolves will continue to employ a run-dominated offense, Dingess said. The backs will run behind the strength of four returning offensive linemen, including potential Division-I recruits Alex Locklear and Trevor Stacy, both 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackles.