The Rolla football team returns to their home field on Friday, Sept 14 to face off against Parkview. The Bulldogs are fresh off a dominant 48-0 win over Hillcrest last week in stormy conditions.
Parkview comes into town with one of the top rushing offenses in the Ozark Conference. They're led by Blake Delacruz, who has rushed for 557 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. They also have two other backs that have north of 100 yards on the season and their quarterback, Trevor Boice, has rushed for 92 yards and thrown for another 396 and four touchdowns.
"They've got probably the premier back in Springfield, obviously one of the top running backs in our league," said Rolla head coach Jon Franks about Delacruz. "He's a great kid, tough kid on and off the field, so he's never going to quit. He's strong, he's got a low center of gravity and you can tell watching him run, he's got a lot of passion."
Slowing down the running game is going to be Rolla's top priority and they have a good example for how to do that in Camdenton's matchup with the Vikings. Parkview managed just 155 rushing yards in that game compared to 393 against Central and 459 against Kickapoo.
"Camdenton definitely applies a lot of pressure. They try to bring a bunch of people and they get in a couple of different looks," said coach Franks. "We're definitely following that recipe a little bit, getting some pressure on him."
On the offensive side of the ball, Rolla had done a great job on the ground this season. Trey Quick has been phenomenal this season, rushing for 472 yards and four scores. He and the Bulldogs have been able to find success in the running game when they've seen strong play from their big guys up front. Coach Franks said that will be the key to repeating their rushing success on Friday night.
"I think we definitely have to get our offensive line established," said the Rolla head coach. "Just like any game, any season, your offensive line has got to do their job and play hard. So far, our guys have done a pretty nice job of that and they just get a little better every week."