The tone was set from the very first play from scrimmage Sunday afternoon in at Weingarden’s Lidenhof Stadium (…or the Razordome as its beginning to be called.)
Not knowing what to expect from the Freiburg Sacristans our first play was an inside zone, our go-to running play. Freiburg was misaligned. Razorback QB Garret Coleo saw this immediately. Garret pulled the ball and ran to the left side. When Freiburg’s safety came up to challenge Garret, he dumped a quick pass down the line to slot receiver Michael Mayer. A good block from split end Marvin Kastle and Mayer was gone, 70 yards; 7-0 Razorbacks only seconds into the game.
A three-and-out, a great punt return by Jeremy Stewart and the offense was quickly back and knocking on the door. Four plays later, running back Steven Spagnuolo pounded it in from the three, 14-0.
It was that kind of day. The Razorbacks dominated all three facets of the game, creating big plays on offense, defense and special teams. By halftime the score was 42-0 on the way to a 61-3 final.
I’m proud of how our offense played. Every position group was sharp and executed well. We committed no turnovers and had no penalties. Garret threw and ran well and consistently made good pass and run reads. Our backs hit their aiming points and made good cuts. The receivers ran good routes, executed good downfield blocks and caught the ball. Finally, our offensive line dominated; opening running lanes and protecting the passer.
Defense again was a big part of the story. Freiburg quickly learned they couldn’t run the ball at our front and were forced to throw…with little success.
As much fun as Sunday was, the aftermath of games like this worry me. We travel to Pforzheim Sunday for a rematch with the Wilddogs (a team we beat 42-7 in the league opener.) We would seem to be in good shape but it’s very tough to beat a team twice during a season. Several factors trouble me.
1) Pforzheim has improved greatly since we saw them in April. They are coming off a convincing win against Trier and played Albershausen tough.
2) They will be hungry, eager to redeem themselves for their performance in the first game.
3) We travel to them. I’m told they have good fan support and it’s always tougher to get off a bus and play well.
4) Overconfidence. Will we approach this game giving the Wilddogs the proper respect? Will we have good practices coming off a big win, preparing for a team we’ve already beaten?
Razorbacks- It takes discipline to prepare for every game with the proper focus and attitude. Champions are never content with what they’ve achieved but always work to improve. We’ve had a great start, but we are still a long way from our goal. How we prepare and execute this week will say a lot about who we are.