Bobcats open home schedule tonight


The second-ranked Bobcats open the home portion of their schedule taking on Sturgis (0-2) tonight.

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

Brookings – one of four undefeated teams in Class 11AA – is tied for first in seed points with three-time defending champion Pierre and Mitchell.

The Bobcats have 681 rushing yards on 85 attempts – an eight-yard average – through two games.

Matt Buri has picked up 284 yards on 26 rushes with four touchdowns. Cole McKeown’s 199 yards have come on 19 attempts, as he has a rushing score and a TD reception.

Parker Theobald leads the squad with 15 tackles (seven for loss), while John Noordsy has added 13 (five for loss), Max Struck 12 and Wes Koenig 10.

Theobald and Brock Longville have both come up with three of BHS’ 10 1/2 sacks, with Noordsy chipping in with a pair.

Three Bobcats have intercepted a pass and three others have recovered a fumble.

Scouting the Scoopers

“Offensively, they’re a run heavy team,” said BHS Offensive Coordinator Jacolby Anderson. “I know they run a very similar offense to us; they like to run a Pistol. We’re going to see a lot of running from them, especially knowing Friday there’s a really high chance of precipitation. So we’re expecting them to run the ball a lot.

“Defensively – as most people know, we like to put the ball on the ground; we have a lot of athletes that can do that; that’s still going to be the gameplan for us – we’re expecting Sturgis to probably load the box up. We’ll kind of make adjustments along the way as we need to, but I’m confident in the run game and I think we’re going to stick with that plan, especially knowing that Friday we’re going to get a lot of rain and we have to do whatever we can to protect the ball.

“Last week we struggled a little bit up front – I think we made some adjustments this week and the goal is to get better every week and hopefully we’ll make some improvements this week on both sides of the ball.

“Defensively, for us, hopefully we can stop the run game and do a better job of that – wrapping up and reading our keys and taking care of business that way.”

Last week

The Bobcats won 37-0 at Class 11A Lennox after dropping rival Huron 32-23 on the road in Week 1.

Brookings piled up 431 yards on 43 rushes – Buri had 170 on nine with two scores and McKeown 105 on 10 with a TD.

“Watching film, especially on the offensive side of the ball, up front we had to make some key adjustments because Lennox threw five guys on the front line against us,” noted Anderson. “They ran kind of a 5-2 Cover-1. Once in awhile they would go into Cover-3, but we had to make some adjustments to our blocking schemes. I would anticipate that Sturgis is probably going to throw something very similar at us trying to stop that run game. And who knows, we might have to make some adjustments again. Everything is about in-game adjustments and how we react to what they throw at us.

“On defense, we just have to keep it simple and do our jobs, read our keys. The biggest thing right now is wrapping up, making tackles, making plays. We know that they’re going to be running the ball a lot and it’s going to be important to do our jobs.”

The Scoopers have yet to score this season, falling 16-0 to Class 11B St. Thomas More a week ago on the heels of a 37-0 defeat at the hands of the Governors in the opener. Both games were contested in Sturgis.

Last year

The Bobcats beat the Scoopers 28-7 on Sept. 13 at Woodle Field in Sturgis.

Biggest key

OFFENSE

“Our offensive line performing well and making our blocks and, of course, protecting the football because that’s going to be key with the anticipated rain,” said Anderson.

DEFENSE

“Understanding our keys, reading our keys and making the initial tackle – not having missed tackles,” Anderson added. “Making sure we perform a little bit better than last week as far as wrapping up and making plays.”

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