Will BVA do homework again?
No one can say Belle Vernon Area High football coach Lou Rood and his defensive coordinator Joe Kroskie don’t do their homework.
Last Friday they knew the only chance the Leps had of beating Laurel Highlands was stopping the Mustangs’ pass-happy Dan Pegg.
BVA succeeded by limiting Pegg to nine completions and 100 yards, nine and 85 under his average,
The result was a 6-3 Keystone Conference victory and BVA’s first conference win in a year and a half.
Tonight, the Leps (2-3, 1-1) take on Albert Gallatin (2-3, 1-1) at James Weir Stadium and no one has to tell Rood about his game plan.
“Nate Turner is the guy for them,” said Rood of the Colonials’ 6-4, 230-pound quarterback. “We’re going to have to stop him. He’s big and tough to bring down when he gets rolling. He steamrolls people.”
If Turner isn’t running or throwing, he’s handing off to junior fullback Adam Morris or senior tailbacks Joe Angel and Nelson Croushare.
“With their offense, you always have to be aware of who has the football,” said Rood.
The Colonials run behind one of the Keystone’s heavier lineman – 6-4, 325-pound senior Ryan Lafferty.
BVA’s defense is led by inside linebacker Jon Krepps, nose guard Nick Biddle, outside linebackers D.J. Doctorick, Brett King and Rob Roche and strong safety Jake Dudzinski.
Offensively, Brian Layhue and Jake Cramer will do the quarterbacking.
“We’ll go with two different looks,” said Rood. “Layhue runs the conventional offense and Cramer the spread offense.”
One statistic in BVA’s win over Laurel Highlands stood out like a sore thumb to Rood.
“We had 12 penalties which is far too many,” he said.”We have to cut down on penalties and mental mistakes.”
Albert Gallatin coach Chuck Colborn feels the contest is big for both the Leps and Colonials.
“The winner will take a big step to making the playoffs with the loser having to scrap,” he said.
In another Keystone game, Ringgold (1-4, 1-2) is home with Uniontown (1-4, 1-1)
Led by Kyle Fisher-Law (469 yards and five TDs), Ringgold will try for the third time to get its first win at Joe Montana Stadium.