If Schondelemeyer didnt transfer in. RJ West who transferred and ended up being Princenton QB would of been the qbLooking at the rematch in the Gahanna - New Albany game there is talk about how close they kept it and the only team to put up bigger points on them. It was smoke and mirrors basically. NA against regional level teams [Sorry play-off victims WN and Davidson } the Eagles are underwhelming only converting 30 percent on third down, couldn't run at all vs. GL with Manville gaining 15 yards on 15 carries . Were outgained by 250 yards. Gahanna ran the ball OK getting 4yards a carry but lit them up for 258 yards passing , just under 8 yards an attempt. NA was only 1-11 on third down vs. the Lions
NA was 1-11 on third down. I think the numbers stat wise should be better in the rematch and the weather may equalize things a tad but GL is simply better and has a few more answers and is the more versatile team . NA got shut out by Liberty and outgained by 200 and got lit up in the passing game giving up 290 yards on 26 completions. Gave up 12-20 on third down and was only 3-8 themselves and 0-2 on 4th.
PN outgained the Eagles by about 70 yards and gained about 4 yards a carry. UA in defeat without it's top RB and QB-1 outgained NA and only managed 33 percent on third down . Gahanna is rolling people, PN and the threw the ball on PC last week and outplayed them snap for snap. If it's just frigid and not windy GL rolls , 16 is the right number and if it's a still night I think this is just Gahanna's year and they win something like 31- 13 at closest. Turnover margin needs to be at least even for NA and they probably need another punt block fora TD and a + 2 in turnover margin to win the game or even take it to the final quarter.
Some chatter on the Springfield -OL thread from the usual suspects. S-Field as we have been saying for a couple years now is the new Wayne and getting that Senior transfer QB is something that Wayne did and would do back in the day. They are a different team with the 'new " QB, not state title level but without him who would have been the QB ? River boy may let us know. Anyway Liberty may get run out of the building to use a hoops term, but getting 4 TD's with the way they can scheme on defense? Springfield of course could just out athlete them. Frigid temps , may be some wins and a good game plan may keep this a bit closer than the 4 TD's .