NEW CASTLE —
The Greyhounds' defense was almost unbeatable last week against the Trojans, not allowing a point in regulation. The unit has surrendered 10.9 points per game with most of its success starting at the line of scrimmage.
"My philosophy has always been winning th line of scrimmage," Brest said. "Wilmington did during our last game. It starts up front for them. Guys like defensive lineman Jon Yohman, Keith Fulkman and Chris Welch. Any time you have a 295-pound and 355-pound guy inside, and an athletic 240-pound defensive end, that's pretty good. They cover up so Donati at inside line-backer can shoot the gaps. Alex Patton at safety fills alleys on runs very well. They have some solid kids there. With Wilmington, they play team defense. They have 11 players doing their job every play."
Brest's defense was caught off guard by the schemes and formations the Greyhounds used in the initial contest.
"They did something completely different. They went away from base defense," Brest said. "They went with a 5-3 set and primarily used Cover-0, spying the tailback. We're prepared now for that and their base set. It's been a long season. We've seen all the fronts we can see."
Hickory presents a variety of unique fronts to confuse offenses.
“They like to come hard and get on the line of scrimmage with everybody that they can. Their corners are fast, so they’ll come up near the line also. Last time we played them, there were 10 guys on the line of scrimmage. They left a safety back there, and they had 10 guys right on the line. That’s what the want to do defensively. They’re very aggressive and they run to the football.”
A young group of sophomores has stepped up for the Hornet's defense. Hickory allows just 11.6 points against per game. Brest attributes the success of his defense to a new-found physicality.