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Urchins on the road again as they begin playoffs

East Union has kept the roads hot this football season, traveling to seven road games in their 11 game schedule so it is only fitting that the Urchins found themselves on the road in the first round of 2A football playoffs. George High School at North Carrollton to face the 7 4 Jaguars of Division 2 2A.

“They like to run dive and sweep a lot out of the flex bone formation” East Union head coach Kevin Walton said. “They don’t run counter and traps and it’s easy to read, but they are going to try to get outside of us. They’ll run the veer option some, it’s almost like a double option and he (quarterback) either gives it or keeps it.”

The Jaguars rely heavily on their ground game, but will use the pass on a limited basis according to Walton. George is averaging 125 yards per game rushing and 98 yards passing on offense.

“They throw the ball a little, but pretty much rely on their running game,” Walton said. “Their quarterback (Malik Christian) is mobile,
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can move and throws it okay, but not as good as some of the kids that we’ve seen.

The main speed threat for the swift Jaguars is Lajarvis Jenkins who is averaging 12.1 yards per carry rushing and is the leading receiver with 32 catches for 453 yards for a 14.2 yards per catch.

“They’ve got a lot of speed, but one man (Jenkins) is their speed guy and we’ve got to key on him,” Walton said.

Defensively Walton expects to see a five man front against the Urchins double tight offense and as many as nine men in the box in attempts to stop the run.

“When we got to our slot set, they may go to a four man front and run a man free coverage,” Walton said. “On defense they are just fast and fly to the ball. They probably have one of the best defenses that we’ve seen. They rely on stopping people and they don’t score a lot of points offensively, but their defense keeps people out of the end zone.”

East Union comes into the playoffs with a potent offense built around a solid ground game as the Urchins averaged 356 rushing and 50 yards passing per game. Joel Wilkinson leads the rushing attack with his 209.7 yards per game average and 30 touchdowns.
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