The Benedictine varsity football team will try to beat its old foe Collegiate this Friday. The new kickoff time is 3:30.
The Cadets are led by a relatively new face at quarterback, as Tate Plageman’22 is making his fourth varsity start on Friday. Some might think a large home crowd would show him strong support in this matchup.
The implications of this game may include an invitation to the playoffs for the winner. Joe Covington said, "The offensive line needs to do three things: hit hard, fast and low, give Tate enough time to throw the ball and hit the double-teams with perfection."
Though this is not always a consistent point of accuracy to determine the better team, the two rivals have played three of the same opponents in Trinity, Catholic High School and Flint Hill. The Cadets went 3-0 against these teams, beating Trinity 43-10, Catholic 49-26 and Flint Hill 35-13. Collegiate went 2-1 however, by beating Catholic 41-33 and Flint Hill 27-7; but the Cougars lost to Trinity 30-20.
The defense has attempted to step up to help make up for the loss of some key players by not even giving up three hundred total yards against Flint Hill. Additionally, the defense forced a total of nine turnovers between that game and the game against Fork Union Military Academy. Defensive Lineman Jack Hall '20 played in the first half against Georgetown Prep, but he re-injured his foot and did not play for the entire second half. It is not known if he will play this week against Collegiate.
Whether he plays, the defensive line knows it must be ready. Brian Daughtry said, "The defense has to hit low, hard and fast. They need to start early and play strong."
The Cougars will look to get their run-game going as they averaged 209.5 yards rushing per game against Trinity, Catholic, Flint Hill and Episcopal. Their statistics were unavailable for the Woodberry Forest game at press time, but it is known that they won that game 34-6.