Generals will be a tough test
For a while, Lake Oswego football coach Steve Coury thought about calling up Lakeridge's fleet-footed Robbie Kool and asking him to run the Lakers' scout team in practice this week.
It would have given the Lakers ideal preparation when they host Grant in the state quarterfinals on Friday. The Generals (11-0) are led by Andre Broadous, who might be the quickest if not the fastest quarterback in the state.
If the Lakers hope to advance to the semifinals, it's no secret that they'll have to limit the number of big plays Broadous makes.
'He's all everybody says he is,' Coury said of Broadous, who finished the regular season with 756 yards rushing, most of it on scramble plays.
But Broadous is far from being a one-dimensional quarterback.
'The scary thing is, when he scrambles, he can throw it down the field,' Coury said of Broadous, who also passed for 1,622 yards during the regular season.
Broadous has the kind of game that reminds some people of the best scrambling quarterback in the NFL.
'I told our guys that this is as close as they'll come to playing against Michael Vick,' Coury said with a chuckle.
It's not just Broadous, though, that worries the Lake Oswego coach. The Generals have several talented skill players, including Paul McCoy, an all-league caliber receiver and defensive back.
'They're all very athletic and very fast,' Coury said of the Generals.
Maybe what's most impressive is the fact that Grant went undefeated this season against a tough schedule. The year included victories over Canby and Southridge, teams that are still alive in the playoffs. Plus, there was a convincing victory over Lincoln, which was ranked No. 2 in the state at the time.
In order for the Lakers to win, Coury said his team can't let Grant turn the game into a track meet.
'We have to control the ball and avoid making mistakes,' the Lakers' coach said.
The Lakers certainly have the ability to control the ball with a tenacious running attack that features Will Darkins, whose 1,284 yards rushing ranks among the top ball carriers in the state. In addition, Lake Oswego quarterback Duncan White is ranked among the top passers in the state.
Once again, weather could be a factor as rain has been predicted for Friday evening. But that shouldn't hinder the Lakers much.
'I don't think it will hurt us,' Coury agreed.
If the rain doesn't affect Grant's fast runners, Coury is hoping fatigue will. The Generals don't have a lot of depth, so they're forced to play nine starters on both offense and defense. Lake Oswego, on the other hand, has very few players who go both ways.
'That could work for us,' Coury said.