“We have to control the football, commit no turnovers and score when we get opportunities down deep in their end of the field,” Lawrence said. “Defensively, we have to not allow the big play like we did against them last year.
“We want them to drive the ball on us to score. Their quarterback has a strong, accurate arm, and they have a good, fast running back and a couple of sure-handed receivers.
“But if they are going to score, we have to make them methodically drive the ball down the field.
“Last year, they were getting 30-, 40-, 50-yard plays, and this year we have to eliminate those.”
The straw that stirs the drink of the Steers’ offense is all-state quarterback Ben Davis, who threw for 3,332 yards and a whopping 23 touchdowns in 2012.
The Graham signal caller also proved to be fleet-footed last year as he rushed for 416 yards and found the end zone 12 times.
Davis is complimented offensively by running back Dillon Gonzales (1,418 yards, 23 TDs) and receiver Bryce Reeves (72 catches, 1,071 yards, nine TDs).
“Davis is a competitor, and he throws a good ball,” Lawrence said. “The big thing is he has a good offensive line in front of him, gets good protection, and he throws it on time.
“It makes it tough to get a good pass rush against guys who throw it on time. We will have to do different things to put pressure on Davis, an hopefully we will have people in his throwing lanes where he has to hesitate just a little bit to give our defensive line time to get to him.”
One way to keep the ball out of the hands of the explosive Steers is to establish long, sustained drives on offense that chews up the clock. Lawrence said the Steers play the same style defensively as the Rams, and Lawrence feels that could play into the hands of the MWHS offense.