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October 11, 2013

Big game

District 6-3A opener could have playoff implications for Rams, Lions

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“Cardona plays that for Castleberry and does a good job. He will come in motion, and it is similar to what Burkburnett was doing with its slot backs.

“Out of this offense they will runs traps, power sweep, buck sweep, and when they lull you to sleep with all of those runs they throw a play-action pass to try and burn you.”

Lawrence said special teams could play a large role, especially the coverage teams.

“I also feel special teams will be huge,” he said. “Cardona returns punts and kickoffs and is a threat to break the big return. We will have to do our best to keep the ball away from him.”

Non-district games are used to prepare teams for the games that count, district play. Lawrence feels Burkburnett’s offense gave the Rams a good look on how Castleberry runs its offense.

“Burkburnett and its run-style offense helped us to prepare for Castleberry,” Lawrence said. “Burkburnett’s mid line is similar to what we will see from Castleberry with a fullback trap and similar things, and our defensive line will have to hold up on the line of scrimmage like they did against Burkburnett.

“This is a good game to follow Burkburnett, but like us, Castleberry has had two weeks to prepare for this game. Who knows what kind of wrinkles Castleberry has installed.

“The two weeks off has helped us not only in preparation but also because we got Parks and Peters back. We also held out some guys last week who were dinged a little bit.

“When you play five consecutive weeks plus three weeks of two-a-days, that is a long time so we needed a break. Last week we took advantage of the time by getting some minor injuries healed up so we will be fresh and ready to go (today).”

For such a big game, the Rams are happy to have this one in the friendly confines of their own stadium.

“We like playing at home in front of our fans, and we have three of our next four games at home,” Lawrence said. “That is big. We need people to come out and support these guys because they have worked hard and are getting better.”

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