Keys to the Game: Hamilton Southeastern at Brownsburg

Keys to the Game: Hamilton Southeastern at Brownsburg

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Keys to the Game: Hamilton Southeastern at Brownsburg

With one week to go in the regular season, the Royals and Bulldogs collide for a final tune-up before the IHSAA sectionals.

Brownsburg High School


Fresh off career win No. 300 last week, Brownsburg head coach John Hart has the 6-2 Bulldogs ready to compete for a state title. However, they must first take on the 4-4 Hamilton Southeastern Royals, who have enjoyed some success in Adam Morris’s second season as head coach. The Royals look to spoil senior night for the Bulldogs and bounce back after a frustrating loss to Franklin Central. 

 

What will it take for both sides to come away with a win in this regular season finale?

 

Hamilton Southeastern

 

Slow Down Marcus: One of Hamilton Southeastern’s biggest strengths this season has been their defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game and 237 yards per game. That being said, the Royals will face one of their toughest tests this season, going against a Bulldogs offense that averages 387 yards per game. The Royals will need to limit Bulldogs running back Donny Marcus and turn this game into a low-scoring affair.

 

Don’t Get Greedy: Hamilton Southeastern likes to air it out with quarterback Andrew Hobson. Prior to the Franklin Central game, Hobson was averaging 212 passing yards and 14.4 yards per completion. Facing a defense that will be focused on limiting the big play, Hobson will need to take what the defense gives him and turn the ball over.

 

Win the Time of Possession: Brownsburg’s run-heavy offense will favor them in the battle for time of possession. To give themselves a shot in this game, Hamilton Southeastern will need to maintain longer drives and keep Donny Marcus, Ben Easters and company off the field.

 

Brownsburg

 

Restrict Rhodes: Senior wide receiver Deandre Rhodes is the biggest playmaker for the Royals. Prior to last week’s loss to Franklin Central, Rhodes was averaging nearly 94 yards per game and 17.2 yards per catch. The Bulldogs secondary, led by seniors Jakobi McGowan and CJ Tanner will need to be on their A-game all night.

 

Spread the Wealth on Offense: Marcus may be the bell cow for the Bulldogs, but Brownsburg’s offense is at its best when other players can step up and make plays. Coach Hart wants to put the ball in the hands of his quarterback, Ben Easters, and have him share the love to big-play receivers like Preston Terrell and Luke Lacey.

 

Continue to Protect the Football: Brownsburg has done a good job of taking care of the football throughout the season. Through eight games, the Bulldogs have only turned the ball over six times. Easters, who has already committed to Kansas, has thrown 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions this season. His ability to protect the football will be critical if Brownsburg looks to make a serious postseason run.  

 

Prediction

 

Despite the loss to Franklin Central, the Royals have shown they are much more improved from a year ago when Morris took over. That being said, it will be a tall task for them to come in and spoil the Bulldogs on senior night. I see this being a higher scoring game, but the Bulldogs will come out on top.

 

Brownsburg – 27

 

Hamilton Southeastern – 21

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