Dragons To Lean On Running Game Against GCK

The York Institute Dragons (2-1) are coming off of an impressive 48-14 victory over Grundy County High School, and are going to lean on the running game once again this week against Grace Christian-Knoxville.

Against Grundy Co., The Dragons racked up 317 yards and five touchdowns in the ground game, and Head Coach Derwin Wright says he saw every phase of the offense work when they ran the ball.

“I think our backs made some good cuts, but our offensive line worked hard last week,” Wright said. “We came out and had a better performance…When you get the running game started, it seems like we just build off of that.”

It also opened up the passing game when the Dragons needed it, as it forced Grundy Co. to drop players back into coverage as opposed to stacking the box.

“When teams can put 10 in the box and not respect your passing game, you’ve got your kids behind the eight-ball,” Wright said. “You’ve got to give (the defense) a reason to spread out. If you don’t, it’s like what Oneida did. They’ll put 10 in the box and play downhill.”

The plan won’t change against Grace Christian-Knoxville, as Wright said his offense will stick to what’s been successful against the Rams.

“We’re running the ball and trying to set up play-action passes,” Wright said. “They’re a passing team, so it’ll be a test for our defense…against this team, we’re going to have to play great passing defense. If not, they’re going to put some points up.”

The Dragons and Rams will battle on Friday at 7 P.M.

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