As of Wednesday, October 19, 2016
When a well-timed blitz forced the St. Maries center to make a no-win decision, the only blocker with a chance to make the play had to ignore Grangeville sophomore inside linebacker Justin Fogleman, who shot into the backfield, tackled the opposing quarterback and shut down a threatening Lumberjacks drive early on last Friday night, Oct. 7.
“He chose to block Frankie [Zumwalt] and I was wide open,” Fogleman said.
“It was a tough game,” he added. “That’s a good football team. We watched a ton of film on them so we knew what they were going to do, but that first series their quarterback just kept the ball and would hide in behind the center and the two guards. ... They were trying to establish something and prove a point about their being stronger than us.”
The Bulldogs adjusted, with defensive tackles Parker Walters and Stephen Goldman getting underneath the St. Maries blockers to disrupt middle runs.
The defensive tackles drew particular praise from coach Jeff Lindsley this week, and Fogleman pointed to a couple of plays Goldman made as examples why.
“Stephen’s recovery on the punt they muffed up was big, it gave our offense a chance. ... On one play he posted his guard up and they threw a bubble pass. Stephen scraped down the line and made a big tackle for the loss,” Fogleman said. “It’s unexpected for a d-tackle to make a play on the outside like that, but he and Parker are good at it.”
The Bulldogs are now
focusing on the away game at Orofino, 7 p.m. Friday, which Fogleman called a “must-win.”
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