Ross Murphy had 113 of NST/EA’s 229 rushing yards in the loss.
“Murphy ran well and we were able to power ‘em off tackle and run our little toss sweeps. The only thing that hurt us was twice, deep in their end we put ourselves behind schedule in our run game with procedure penalties,” explained Worth. “If we eliminate those mistakes we’ll be OK.”
One of the reasons the Bulldogs remain confident is the steadily improving play of a young but solid offensive line. With three sophomores up front, the group has come together more and more each week. Senior John Sabbio and sophomores Bryan Raustad and Brent Campbell have had exceptional seasons for the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Small champs.
The group bounced back phenomenally in the second half against Dorchester when NST/EA came back from down 24-points to pick up the win.
“I have to give kudos to Dan Connors our offensive line coach, he’s done a super job. I’m real happy they’ve come as far as they have,” said Worth. “And I think this will tell us just how far they’ve come. We made some errors blocking where Murph was able to gain some yards because he’s Murph. If we open up holes we could gain six or seven yards instead of just two or three.”
Defensively the Bulldogs will rely heavily on middle linebacker Dan Bailey, who is the heart and soul of the defense. Blue Hills doesn’t try to fool opponents with its offensive game plan so North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie knows exactly what’s coming. The Warriors run a Wing-T led by fullback Dimitri Revolus.
“We did OK in the first game (defensively) but we had some alignment errors early against some of their sets,” explained Worth. “They are real simple. They run the old school Wing-T. They run trap, sweep, jet, wiggle pass and belly pass. They run six plays but you never know what’s coming. They execute and come off the ball hard. It should be a good game because we’re good too.”