DANVILLE — Head coach Ed Honabarger had one warning for his Danville Blue Devils for their next playoff game.
“Don’t fall asleep.”
Honabarger’s warning has nothing to do with the quality of play that will be brought by Glouster Trimble. When the two teams play in the Division VII regional semifinals at Newark’s White Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m., he knows his Devils will be ready.
No, it’s because of the type of offense the Tomcats run.
“We haven’t encountered the wishbone this year,” Honabarger said. “It’s actually been a few years since we’ve seen it.”
The wishbone is an offense labeled by modern football fans as “archaic.” The idea of having three runners in the backfield and running with any one of four potential ballcarriers doesn’t exactly excite a generation that’s become used to high-risk high-flying arm cannons on Madden.
But, make no mistake. With the right weapons, it can be effective — even lethal, if the defense isn’t careful.