Opp prepares for region battle

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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The Opp Bobcats (3-0, 1-0) are off to a hot start to the 2015 high school football season and looks to keep that streak going when they travel to Geneva on Friday night for a Class 3A, Region 1 contest with the Panthers (2-2, 1-1).

Opp currently holds a 34-19-1 lead in head-to-head match ups and came away with a 30-13 win in last season’s contest.

The one common opponent between Geneva and Opp this season has been Hillcrest. Opp defeated Hillcrest 26-21 in week three, and Geneva fell to Hillcrest 34-21 last week.

“Geneva is big and physical like they were last year,” Bobcats’ head coach Brent Hill said. “They have a good new coach (Les Sanders) that has done a tremendous job since he has gotten there.”

Offensively, Hill said he expects the Panthers to be similar to last season.

“They are still want to run the ball and establish the line,” Hill said. “They will come out under center, line up in I, some wishbone and then they will even run some spread. We are prepared to see multiple things from them on offense. Their offense is as good or better than last year.”

Hill said that the Bobcats will switch to different sets on defense, and have some things in to allow players to creep in the box on heavy run plays.

They can’t just key on the run, though, Hill said. While they might now go to the air often, Hill said the Panthers quarterback is more than capable of do damage with his arm.

Defensively, Hill said that the Panthers will come out in different sets, and that the Bobcats will call their plays according to what they see on the field.

“They move around a little more on the defense this year,” Hill said. “They started the season in a 3-3 and now they have been switching between a 3-4 and 4-3.

“We are just going to keep doing what we do on offense,” Hill said. “Nothing special, just line up and take what the defense gives us. We are just going to stick with what works.”

Last week, the Bobcats had a bye week and Hill said they didn’t even start discussing the Panthers until this week.

“We just spent time on us last week,” Hill said. “Took some time to work on areas we needed to improve, and it also gave us a chance to give some guys a little rest as well.”

Hill said that last week’s practice and Monday of this week have been the best practices of the season so far.

“There has been a really excitement at practice,” Hill said. “The kids have all had great attitudes. The focus and the energy level has been a lot better lately.”

Kickoff between the Bobcats and the Panthers will be at 7 p.m.