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November 1, 2013

Rams host offensive-minded Springtown


But the Porcupines are not a one-trick pony this year. Junior running back Ryan Snow leads the team on the ground with 743 yards on 145 carries (5.1 yards per carry), and Turner has carried 65 times for 477 yards (7.3 yards per carry). Sophomore running back Fisher Drewry has added 264 yards on 62 totes.

Lawrence said Springtown can be a hard offense to defend, especially when they spread the defense out.

“Springtown likes to spread out the defense, and if you spread out with them they will run the football,” Lawrence explained. “They run the zone read, counter and counter read, and they have a very nice rushing attack.

“They will also throw screen passes to the running backs and all of their receivers. This is a team that understands how to throw the football.

“They put together a nice offensive package, and they also do a good job running the ball. They also have a quick-paced offense – they get up to the line fast after a play – and they like to run as many plays on offense as possible.”

Turner impressed with his arm as a freshman last year, but this year he has added another dimension to his overall game.

“Landry is a pretty savvy operator and he understands what he is doing,” Lawrence said. “He is known for his passing, but I have been impressed with his running skills this year.

“He is the total package and they do a real good job with him. To stop them when they spread it out we will have to utilize our defensive backs in with stopping the run, and they have to get their reds and trigger on what they see.

“Springtown does a good job of staying balanced offensively, and as a result the defense is kept off balance.”

Lawrence said defensively Springtown bases out of a traditional 4-3 look. The Porcupines are led defensively by junior linebacker Chance Nelson with 49 tackles, including 39 solo stops. He has also recovered a pair of fumbles.

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