Know your foe: Physical Bulldogs ready for first ever meeting with LHS
Bloom-Carroll (3-0) will make its first Varsity football trip to Logan on Friday night, but the two programs don’t lack some familiarity.
The Bulldogs often came to Logan for early-season scrimmages in recent years and B-C head coach Wade Bartholomew coached against Logan during his one season as head coach at Gallipolis in 2013.
The Bulldogs are ranked second in Division IV in the first statewide Associated Press poll released this week and have been extremely successful since Bartholomew arrived in 2014. They have had five-straight winning seasons after going 4-6 in his first year at the helm and have made the playoffs four straight seasons. Last year the purple and gold advanced to the Region 15 final before falling to state runner-up Licking Valley.
The Bulldog defense allowed only 203 yards per game with nearly 130 yards per game coming against opposing running attacks. It should be noted, however, that Circleville did not attempt a single pass against in their week-two matchup, which impacts those totals.
The Fairfield Countians will operate out of a base 3-4 defense that has the flexibility to show four and five linemen and can often crown 8-9 men in the box. The Bulldogs play fast, physical and downhill.
Kole Wickline (5-6, 180, senior), Joe Hatem (5-10, 250, senior), and Luke Ferrell (6-3, 198, junior) will be the down linemen with Braydon McGlone (6-1, 185, senior) adding depth. Hatem is a physical standout who can occupy or defeat multiple blockers in a single play.
Cody Harmon (5-9, 182, senior) and Chase Plantz (5-10, 165, sophomore) are the likely starters at outside linebacker with Hobie Scarberry (5-10, 235, senior) and Clay Dozer (5-0, 205, junior) at inside linebacker. Collin Willet (5-8, 190, sophomore) and Nick Toole (5-11, 180, junior) are depth options.
Drew Angelo (5-11, 160, senior) and Anthony Clark (6-2, 171, senior) will start at corner with Beau Wisecarver (6-1, 172, junior) at strong safety and Brandon Totten (5-10, 155, junior) at free safety. Nate Swafford (5-10, 178, senior) and Evan Willet (5-7, 178, senior) adding depth in the secondary.
Offensively the Bulldogs will line up in a variety of formations from spread shotgun formations to multi-back under center pro and wing-T formations. Overall, the purple and gold utilize downhill running mixed with option and play action to move the football.
The triggerman for the offense is quarterback KJ Benedict (5-8, 147, junior). The first-year starter has completed 21 of 28 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns while running for 54 yards on 18 carries and a pair of scores.
Scarberry is a bruising runner with a surprising burst and leads the team with 261 yards rushing and two scores on 37 carries. He adds two catches for 28 yards. Harmon and Dozer line up as fullbacks in certain sets, with Harmon adding 84 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
Receivers Wisecarver, Evan Willet, and Angelo will line up in the slot. Willet has made five catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns while Angelo has 52 ground yards on five carries.
The outside receivers are Braydon Dodds (6-1, 166, junior), Totten, Nick Feasel (6-2, 185, senior), and Clark. Dodds leads the Bulldogs with five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown with Feasel adding four grabs for 54 yards and a score.
Andrew Marshall (6-2, 187, sophomore) and Jake McConnaughey (6-0, 185, senior) will play tight end.
Up front, McGlone and Toole are the tackles, Ferrell and Kevin Tyler (6-0, 240, junior) are the guards, and Wickline is the center. Sophomore Will Green (6-5, 277) will add depth to the forward wall.
Chase Alwood (6-3, 195, junior) will handle kicking duties and has converted nine point after attempts and a pair of field goals. Evan Willet is the punter and Angelo is a dangerous return man who has a punt return for touchdown under his belt already this season.