Running game leads Huskies to playoff win
Douglas County has used the same game plan most of the season.
The Huskies like to play physical and run the football.
Douglas County rushed for 526 yards in a 64-34 first round Class 5A playoff victory over Legend Nov. 1 at Douglas County Stadium.
Nothing will change Nov. 8 when 16th-seeded Douglas County (7-3) travels to Boulder to take on top-seeded Fairview (9-0) at Recht Field.
“We've talked to our kids all year long about being physical and when you get in the playoffs, it is whoever is the top physical, injury-free team,” said Douglas County coach Jeff Ketron.
Legend quarterback Peyton Remy passed for 368 yards and four touchdowns against the Huskies, and Ketron expects to face another aerial attack against Fairview.
Fairview averages 328.1 yards per game passing. Senior quarterback Anders Hill has thrown for 2,865 yards and 27 touchdowns.
“They are the No. 1 seeded team in the state,” pointed out Ketron. “They are a lot like Legend at throwing the football around. They have a great quarterback, a great receiver and we just have to go play physical football. Obviously our offense will be our best defense.
“That's how it is whether it is college in the bowl season or the NFL, when you get to the later part of the year the offenses are better than the defenses. It's just that it takes a long time for offenses to jell, and when they do then they are successful.”
Douglas County's running game jelled and spoiled Legend's first-ever trip to the state playoffs.
Trey Smith rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns, JP Rubino gained 128 yards and a TD and quarterback Rope Ruel added 111 yards rushing and two scores.
“It felt good,” said Rubino. “Our linemen worked hard on being physical and we tried to beat them down and it worked out well.
“We have to work hard and not take this being cocky. We have to focus on Fairview and just hit them hard. As long as we play as a team and work hard, I feel like we can come out and rush for another 500 yards.”
Legend wound up the season with a 6-4 record.
Remy is a junior but the Titans' top two receivers, Elijah Cherrington and Cody Dengal, are seniors, along with running back Joshua Miskol.
Cherrington caught 10 passes for 213 yards and two TDs against the Huskies while Dengal had five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
“We had a good season,” said Legend coach Rob Doyle. “It was our first trip to the playoffs and first winning season. We were disappointed in the result of the game but very proud of what our kids accomplished this year.”