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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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"They have exceptional running backs and some of their kids played in the state final game last year, so they are experienced. They don't hurt themselves, they block well and run that wing-T the way it should be run," Henzes said.

He also said the Tigers will be a challenge on defense because they are physical and aggressive, and get a lot of people to the ball.

"The big thing in this game: we have to make big plays. In games like this, that is something that can turn the game around. We think we are very well prepared and we have been watching tape on them. You have to be well-prepared because as soon as you let your guard down one time, they come at you and it starts to steamroll as their kids get some confidence," Henzes added.

Roth said that in addition to the running backs, his biggest concerns are being able to control the play in the line, and handling Dunmore's multiple-look defenses.

"With the type of running game they have, if you don't hold your ground and control your gaps properly, the physical nature of the way they do things, they are going to get yards after first contact," Roth said. "So it is real important we do a real good job up front."

He said being able to handle the Bucks' defense is also a challenge. "They run primarily a four-man front, but they do a lot of moving around with their personnel, sliding their front a lot, and they give you a three- and sometimes a four-linebacker look, and they roll a cornerback onto the line."

When those things happen, Roth said, his defense needs to be concerned more with their areas of responsibility and not get confused trying to play their man. "We cannot get flustered with them moving around. They do some blitzes and some things that are risky, and if you get your guys comfortable with that, and pick up on our blocks, we can get some big plays off of that," he said.

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