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November 8, 2013

Rams close season today at Kennedale

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“They don’t throw the ball very much, and they have five big offensive linemen and a big tight end that blocks well.”

Lawrence said the Rams have seen similar-style offenses this season, but none as explosive as the Wildcats.

“This another one of those offenses we have faced this year that runs the ball, runs the ball and runs the ball and then hits a big pass play on you,” Lawrence said. “They throw the ball just five or six times a game, but those five or six times could be five or six touchdowns if the defense doesn’t have it eyes right or cheats to close to the line of scrimmage.

“The defensive backs will have to watch the release of the wing backs, tight end and wide receiver. Kennedale’s offense is similar to what

Castleberry runs, but Kennedale, again, runs a true Wing T. It’s tough to defend, and the problem is getting a true picture of it in practice because of all the pulling guards and faking to the fullback.

“The mechanics of that offense makes it hard to simulate in practice with a scout team.”

Defensively, Kennedale’s primary look is a 4-3.

“They also like to jump into a 4-2,” Lawrence said. “They have big, physical kids on defense who are also fast.

“They are solid defensively. They can blitz or play you head up. Their speed and size make them a formidable defense.”

The Wildcats come into the contest with an overall mark of 5-4 as Kennedale went 1-4 in district. However, Lawrence said Kennedale’s record is deceiving.

“Kennedale played a monster non-district schedule,” Lawrence explained. “They  are not afraid of anybody. Coach (Richard) Barrett and his staff do a real nice job.”

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