Football Game Preview: Byron Center

The defense gets ready to stuff the Dutch during the Homecoming game.

After the Hawkeyes suffered a tough loss to Holland on Homecoming last weekend, they now are looking to rebound as they travel to Byron Center to take on a very tough Bulldog team.  Byron Center will also be looking for redemption this weekend, as they are coming off a blowout loss to OK-Green Conference leader, Zeeland West. Once again, several key playmakers for the opposition and elimination of Hamilton’s own shortcomings will play a crucial role in contending for a win.


Capitalizing on Byron Center’s Offensive Youth


While it is known that Hamilton is a young team itself. Byron Center also features several young players, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, that can provide potential opportunities for the Hawkeyes to pounce on. Particularly, one can look into the Bulldog backfield, as Josh and Zac Saltzgaber are in their first year on the offensive side of the ball, and they have been prone to potential mistakes, along with their top-end playmaking potential. Giving the Hawkeyes an opportunity to slow down the Byron center attack, if they can force those two into making mistakes.


Shutting Down BC’s Top Playmakers


While there are some potential mistakes and opportunities that Byron Center may present to a solid hawkeye defense, containing them will still present a tall task. One element of their offense is the solid aforementioned backfield of QB Zac, and RB Josh Saltzgaber. They have each shown incredible ability to break open big plays, and propel the offense forward. Additionally, receiver Coby Babbs provides a threat to the outside. The three-year varsity player has become the favorite target of Zac Saltzgaber, and shutting down this speedy, explosive player serves as a key for the hawkeye defense.


Hamilton’s Second Half Struggles (Again)


Last week was, in the words of the great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra in one of his best “Yogi-isms”, “…Deja Vu, all over again”. As the Hawkeyes, once again outplayed their opponent in the first half, this time coming away with a 14-13 lead. But, the second half was yet another struggle as the Hawkeyes fell behind early in the second half and never could pull the game back in, as they went on to lose by a score of 39-28. Making the correct second half adjustments and meeting those of Byron Center will be a tough task for the hawkeyes, as the Bulldogs are one of the top coached teams in the conference, as they are led by long-time coach, Marc Cisco. And, they will surely come out with the correct adjustments, and be able to match a lot of what the Hawkeyes bring. In brief, the second half may hold the key to the Hawkeyes upsetting the Bulldogs.



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