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NLS FB Preview: 'Cats to employ smaller, faster defense against Foley

The Wildcats lost by 19 to Zimmerman last week but they'll be the first to tell you the 31-12 scoreline didn't accurately represent the flow of the game.

The Wildcats lost by 19 to Zimmerman last week but they'll be the first to tell you the 31-12 scoreline didn't accurately represent the flow of the game.

It was 14-0 at half and it was only a two score game until the Thunder added a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game to seal the deal.

"I was a little disappointed in the offense in the first half but we finished with 17 first downs and it was close until the end," said Wildcat coach Dan Essler. "We stuck with them pretty well."

They'll look to improve on that second-half performance this week with a visit to Foley to take on the 2-4 Falcons.

The Falcons are coming off a pair of losses and have struggled to score as of late as they continue to find an identity.

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"They run the ball okay and throw the ball okay," Essler said. "They try to throw you off with different formations."

They will put anywhere between four and six people on the defensive line and like to move their personnel around on the offense. At times they'll put a pair of down linemen in the backfield to shield a tailback and follow that up with a throw from the shotgun. They also have a handful of skill players that were State qualifiers in track last year.
To counteract this, Essler said his team has been practicing with a smaller and faster defense.

"We've looked at a lot of film and we're working on memorizing what plays they run in which sets and call our plays based on that," Essler said.

Offensively, they'll continue to ride with sophomore quarterback Brandon Adelman who has seen his completion percentage drop in recent weeks.
"He's doing a lot of the right things but he's throwing just a little high right now," Essler said. "He's only missing by a little bit but when you've got shoulder pads and helmets on that six inches makes a difference. I still like what he's doing, he'll get there."

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