Putting it all on the ‘line’

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 27, 2010

Pleasant Home will rely on both its offensive and defensive lines tonight in the regular season opener against Zion Chapel at Eagles Field, head coach Robert Bradford said.

“Every game that we play — and it’s always been tried and true, even more true this year — if we’re going to win and lose a game, it’s going to happen up front,” Bradford said. “Our only true advantage is our offensive and defensive lines.

“They’re our equalizer,” he said. “If our offensive and defensive line doesn’t dominate their offensive and defensive line, then it’s going to be a long night.”

Despite falling 27-13 last week to Red Level in the preseason jamboree game, Bradford said the game gave his coaching staff the opportunity to see the good and the bad.

“The game was good for us because we got to look and see where we were good and where we weren’t,” he said. “It was pretty much where we thought. We don’t really have break away type runners.”

Bradford said in tonight’s game his team has to be “fundamentally sound” against Zion Chapel, a team they faced in a 7-on-7 tournament in late June.

Zion Chapel is coming off a 2-8 season in 2009 under first-year head coach Mike Waters.

Pleasant Home, on the other hand, won three contests last season.

“We’re pretty familia­­­r with each other,” Bradford said. “It’s going to be a nice little game for us. It’ll be the tale of two teams.

“We’re pretty much the same looking team — pretty big inside, but not necessarily the two fastest teams. I think it will be a good match up, and a fun game to watch.”

For the Eagles, seniors Frank Senn and Cory Sims will provide the offensive running and passing game tonight.

Last week, Senn ran for 96 yards on 14 carries, Bradford said.

“We’re really going to be cautious on him,” Bradford said. “We expect to put a little more on him this week.”

As for Sims, Bradford said expectations are high for the quarterback in the starting role.

“He’s been doing a real good job for us,” he said. “He still hasn’t played a true game at quarterback, and we’re expecting big things out of him.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.