What We Learned In Week 2
In Week 2 every team was in action and featured several exciting games. There were some nail-biters for teams that were expected to steamroll their opponents like Dorman and Woodruff, who had late rallies to win. Let’s take a look at what we learned from Week 2.
Chapman Can Play With Anyone
We have seen the past two weeks that the Chapman Panthers have not skipped a beat despite the star players they have lost from a year ago. But they had their biggest test against Boiling Springs. The Bulldogs are known to be a defensive team and this Chapman offense came into this game averaging 55.5 points per game, would they be able to post those kinds of numbers?
Well, they showed they certainly can as they defeated the Bulldogs 55-28. Even the Panthers defense stepped up and made several key plays forcing turnovers and helped put points on the board.
It’s not that I am shocked that the Panthers won this game, although I did think the Bulldogs would’ve won somewhere around 31-28. I am shocked by how much Chapman beat them by, it was a close game in the fourth quarter, but Chapman made big plays on both sides of the ball to earn this win. This Chapman team is fearless and will not back down to anyone.
Spartan High Depleted With Injury
Spartanburg hosted Archer on Friday Night and fell by a final score of 51-17. Archer is a very good football team and has star players on both sides of the ball. But Spartanburg has had the case of the injury bug as several of their key players are banged up.
The Vikings have been without their star running back Zykamren Robinson with his ankle injury that he suffered at the end of the Nation Ford game in week 0. They were also missing Jaylon Girdner, Deondre Miller, and Thomias Robinson. Mo Wedman suffered an injury in the game, so this a depleted Spartan High team.
The bye week is coming at a good time for Spartan High, hopefully, the week off will give these key players time to heal up and be ready to go in week 4.
Woodruff Balanced Offensive Attack
Woodruff traveled to Southside Christian on Friday night and squeaked by with a 28-27 win. That game was a lot closer than I was expecting, especially the way that they have been blowing out the teams they have played in the first two games of the season.
It was the rushing attack that has led the Wolverines in their first two weeks rushing the football. In both games, they rushed for over 300 yards and several of their running backs produce some big numbers. But the run game this week against Southside was not having the same success. Southside plugged up holes and really slowed down the Wolverines offense.
Southside found themselves with a two score lead in the second half. Woodruff opened up the passing game, allowing Keegan Halloran to make plays with his arm. And that is exactly what he did completing 20-26 passes for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Now we already knew that Keegan is a very talented quarterback who can make plays, but Bradley Adams is a coach who loves to run the football. But if the run game is not effective, the question is would he change his approach and put the ball in the hands of Keegan?
Coach Adams showed that this week and it also shows the balance of this Woodruff offense. This balanced offense makes this team very difficult to beat. If their bread and butter on offense, which is running the football, is not working, they can switch it up and beat you through the air like they did to Southside Christian.