Hennessey (10-1), which won back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011, has several impressive wins to its résumé this season. The Eagles have defeated Jones and Christian Heritage, two teams still alive in the playoffs, while only losing to an undefeated Kingfisher squad.
Hennessey is similar to Washington (8-2) in many ways. Both look to control the game through the run, and it will largely be a game won up front, along the line. Whichever team can control the line of scrimmage will be at a clear advantage, and Beller said it’s vital that the Warriors win the big plays throughout the game.
Namely, he’s referring to third down. Both teams bring a rushing attack that can wear down defenses, so the Warriors are highly valuing the ability to get their defense off the field whenever possible.
“We’ve got to have a good game on the line, and we have to be able to get off the field on third down,” Beller said. “Offensively, we want to control the clock and keep their offense off the field. We have a shot, but we have to control the ball, this week more than others. We can’t turn the ball over and we have to win on third downs.”
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