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November 20, 2012

Tigers face surprising Bucks in first round

Tigers face surprising Bucks in first round

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He said that, in the first game with Old Forge, the Blue Devils ran 35 plays to the Bucks' 12 as they fell behind 6-0 at the half. "We couldn't throw the ball and in the fourth quarter we got down 14-0 and then 21-0, without our (top two) running backs there. The holes were there, but the young kids were not mature enough to hit the holes like the boys we have now."

Roth said that Dunmore's big, physical line and the return of their two quality backs makes the Bucks a challenging opponent as they try to advance to play the winner of Saturday's Williams Valley-Bristol contest.

"The physical nature of the way they run the ball...they come right at you and (Buckley) is about 215 (pounds) and runs hard with some strength," Roth said.

Despite the lost time, Buckley has rushed for 1,240 yards and 17 touchdowns (averaging 9.47 yards a carry). Seamon has 884 yards and 10 TDs (6.36 average).

Roth said what the Bucks do -- run a power I and come right at you -- is not something the Tigers see often. But that it just happened last week versus South Williamsport, is a plus.

"It's a positive that we are facing another team that has the same kind of emphasis on offense, and the same kind of philosophy as far as a power running game," Roth said.

On the other hand, Henzes finds himself coaching against a Delaware Wing-T offense, something the Bucks rarely see in their region.

However, they did face that offense two weeks ago in the district semifinals versus Lackawanna Trail.

"We have not played a lot of total wing-T teams and that is a great concern. They are very well-coached, Jim and his staff do an outstanding job and their record speaks for itself.

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