MHS adjusts for playoff push

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2007

MILLRY &8212; In Marengo County ,teams can boast a number of things about their program&8217;s performance this season. But the county&8217;s namesake team, Marengo High School, is the only one that can boast one of the Top 5 scoring defenses in the state.

Unfortunately, the Panthers, whose defense is allowing a measly 5.7 points to opposing offenses, have had a hard time so far this season getting the offense to produce to complement the defense&8217;s tenacity. Not that there haven&8217;t been streaks, like the group&8217;s 28-0 win over S.F. Shields High School, but Panther head coach Scottie Jones said the group hasn&8217;t found consistency that is crucial at this point of the season.

Both the tough defense and especially the on-again-off-again offense will be tested tonight when they face Millry High School, at the No. 7 ranked Wildcats den. Jones knows his team is in for a tough time.

To adjust for the tough defense and try to get some steady offensive production out of his group, Jones said the Panthers are lining up in a double fullback formation heading into tonight&8217;s game. He said he is hoping the change will charge his offense and give Millry a different look than expected.

On the other side, Jones said the group runs their offense out of either an I Formation or a Spread Formation. To make things more difficult for defenses at the line, he said there are occasions, from what he has seen in tapes, where the Wildcats line up in the Spread and collapse down to the I Formation prior to the snap.

To put more pressure on the group, every game from here out is crucial to the play off seeding in their region.