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WEEK NINE – SAN DIEGO

The Crusaders have a big month of November ahead as they will face three teams currently tied for the PFL lead over the last third of the season. First up is San Diego this Saturday at Brown Field. Note the early kick-off at Noon on Saturday.

Our defense played their best game last Saturday. We will need to improve on that effort versus this week. San Diego is led by QB Mason Mills. Mills became the full-time starter half way through the 2010 season and has not looked back. Reggie Bell and Sam Hoekstra are his favorite targets. Kenn James provides the ground game. Mills has an NFL caliber arm and makes all the throws.

Hoekstra and James are dangerous in the kick and punt return game. Our coverage and placement will have to be on point Saturday.

San Diego does an excellent job creating pressure on the QB. DE’s Steve Gargiulo and Blake Oliaro each have 5 sacks apiece this season. MLB Zach Devaney makes plays sideline to sideline. San Diego does a good job of playing their gaps and running to the ball. We will have to finish our blocks and be disciplined in our play on offense.

Our players of the week for the Drake game are listed below:

O Prep – Entire Prep Offense
D Prep – Entire Prep Defense
ST Prep – Steve Holman
Defense – Pat Derbak & Alex Green
Special Teams – Nick Moffitt
Big Play – Tony Taibi, Tanner Kuramata, Dale Cook, John Guilford

The next three weeks will be a challenge for our team. Our players have fought all season. I expect that to continue. We have had a good week of practice and are excited to play San Diego this week. Come out to Brown Field and cheer the Crusaders on.

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