Bobcats look for 2-0 start at home against Lennox


Brookings welcomes Class 11A foe Lennox in the second week on the gridiron.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

“We have a couple films on them. They run some spread offense; do a lot of stuff like what we do with some run-pass option,” said BHS coach Lee Schmidt. “They probably do a little bit more quarterback read-type stuff – their inside zone and fly sweep action. They have some pretty good athletes in some of their spots – tailback; quarterback is pretty elusive, looks like a pretty good athlete. They marched right down the field last week and scored right away but then didn’t get in the end zone anymore against Dell Rapids, which looked like it was pretty solid defensively.

“We’re going to see an offense somewhat similar to what we saw last Friday night, so, again, I think we’re just focusing on our guys this week doing their jobs and being even more consistent.

“For the most part, for our first game, we did a lot of things well last week. But, again, we talked about the kids not being satisfied and getting a little bit better every day. So hopefully we’re doing that and we can be even more effective on Friday night.”

Last week

The Bobcat defense came up big as Brookings belted Huron 40-0.

Koby Bartels intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown. The ‘Cats recorded a pair of safeties and blocked a punt.

Tanner Shepardson ran for a TD and added a scoring toss to Parker Rykhus. Carter Eidem and Cody Caraway added rushing touchdowns.

Lennox dropped its opener 7-6 to Dell Rapids at home.

The Orioles’ Haden Mendel capped the opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Quarriers scored with 28 seconds remaining in the game.

Couple of keys

Defense: Stop the run

“They’ll run a lot more screen game than we saw out of Huron,” Schmidt said. “We really thought we were going to see more screen game out of Huron, and we didn’t. We have to be able to stop the quick screen stuff – like some of the stuff that we run, so we practice against it every day.”

Offense: Ball control

“We need to wear on Lennox, be able to control the ball and keep those drives going,” Schmidt added. “I’d like to see us be able to pop some big plays. Sometimes when you’re completely dependent on just grinding out the football, you eventually make a mistake. I’d like to see our kids be able to make some bigger plays this week and also just improve on our passing game. Towards the end of the game, I thought that Shep threw the ball a lot better with a lot more confidence and he took what was given to him. Huron gave us a lot of underneath throws, and those are fine. As a team, we can’t be disappointed in our passing game as far as percentage … but we’re going to have to be able to throw the ball down the field, too, and make some better reads on some things.”

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