NLS FB Preview: Wildcats get rematch with Albany
New London-Spicer is running head first into their toughest test in weeks with a Section 6AAA second round matchup against Albany (6-3). The Wildcats have been dominant over their last three games, outscoring their opponents 129-24 over that period.
New London-Spicer is running head first into their toughest test in weeks with a Section 6AAA second round matchup against Albany (6-3).
The Wildcats have been dominant over their last three games, outscoring their opponents 129-24 over that period. It's the longest win streak of the year for NLS, who entered the tournament as the No. 3-seed and defeated Melrose in the opening round on Tuesday 35-12.
They'll be facing a team that may hold the answer to the Wildcat defense, though, in second-seeded Albany. The Huskies defeated the Wildcats in week three 42-26 and outgained their opponent 434-281. These two teams also met in the Section 6AAA semifinals last season and the Huskies won 40-6.
NLS will continue to rely on running back Jackson Ness whose 321 yards last week were the most in the state. He has 1,389 yards on the year and is averaging 8.5 yards per carry with 16 touchdowns. The Huskies struggled to stop him in their last meeting as well, as he scampered for 113 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively the Wildcats will key in on Albany's rushing attack. The Huskies, who are looking to return to state after last year's opening round state tournament loss, average 256.2 yards per game on the ground. They're led by running back Alex Wolf. Wolf ran for 205 yards in the regular season meeting.
Time of possession will be key for either team. Albany's defense has been effective in part due to their offense. They have run on 443 plays while their opponents have been limited to 222, keeping the Husky opponents' offenses on the sidelines. The Wildcats will look to control possession and cut Husky drives short.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Albany.