Stopping Faulkenberry key for Bobcats
Gentry's Jon Faulkenberry will likely be the most athletic player Berryville faces all year. Through four games, Faulkenberry has thrown for 881 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also rushed for 429 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"We have to make sure everybody understands their responsibilities on different types of plays so we don't get ourselves out of position," Berryville coach Doug Shott said of Friday night’s road game against the Pioneers. "There isn't much we can do about athletic ability because the young man has a ton of athletic ability, but we must be in the correct position and focus on the right key at the right time."
Gentry will play a 3-4 defense and Shott hopes the Berryville offense is able to generate some big plays as a result.
"They do a few things out of it with their strong safety," Shott said. "We have practiced against it in several scenarios. We just have to make sure our kids understand our rules progression for each of our plays. That is what we have been focusing on."
Shott said it will be important for the Bobcats to keep working on their game and not worry about Gentry.
"We are focusing on us and not on anybody else," Shott said. "We have to focus on getting better at what we do. That's offensively and defensively."
Last year’s home win against Gentry (2-2, 0-1 4A-1) broke Berryville's three year drought without a conference win. Shott, in his first year as Berryville’s head coach, hopes Friday's game will be the first of many conference wins for him and the Bobcats.
"Practice has been good this week," Shott said. "The attention has been good and the effort has been good. The kids realize this is a big game."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.