Thursday, December 22, 2016

Football Game Preview : Homecoming vs. Holland

The Hawkeyes bust through at a home game this season.

Tonight, the Hawkeyes will take on the Holland Dutch in a battle of 1-5 conference rivals. The Hawkeyes come into this game looking to turn around their fortunes after dropping five-straight contests. The Dutch haven’t been without their struggles either, as they have also dropped five of their six contests. If the Hawkeyes are going to be able to snap their skid, there are several key points that they must be able to execute themselves, and also stop the Dutch from executing.

 

Hamilton’s Second Half Woes   

Despite, the Hawkeyes record, they have been highly competitive in many of their losses so far this season. But, the achilles heel of the Hawkeyes all year has continued to be their continuous second half struggles this year. This was evident last week, as the hawkeyes were able to match one of the top teams in the OK-Green (Unity Christian) throughout the first half, and went into the half tied at 7. The second half was a different story in that contest, as Hamilton struggled on each side of the ball, as Unity pulled out a 41-14 win. In short, the Hawkeyes must be able to match the second half intensity and adjustments of their opponents, if they want to be able to take down the Dutch.

 

Slowing Down Demetrius Lake

Holland is a team with a solid mix of size along the defensive and offensive lines, as well as multiple skilled playmakers that can break the game open for the team. Of these playmakers Jr. Athlete Demetrius Lake, is the most explosive. Lake, is a game changer that the Dutch will move all around the field, as he will  see significant time at receiver and will see some snaps at tailback. In fact, Holland is willing to go to a “wildcat” formation at times and put Lake at QB for those plays. In order to shut down the Dutch, you have to shut down their top playmaker.   

 

Holland’s Balanced Attack

While the presence of a top-end playmaker like Lake would lead many teams to developing a basic offense, Holland does not fall into that trend. As they are willing to spread the field out and air out the ball, or run the ball down their opponent’s throat. The passing game is highlighted by QB Wade Buckman. Buckman, a four-year varsity player, is a solid 6”6” QB with an incredibly strong arm, that can help further spread out the field, as he looks to find one of the several explosive Dutch receivers. This ability through the air, is coupled with a strong rushing attack that is led by several backs that the Dutch will use interchangeably, depending on if they are going for a power or speed approach.
In conclusion, this is a game the Hawkeyes can win if they find a way to first, limit their own mistakes and second half struggles. And, also slow down the balanced offensive approach Holland can bring, as well as their dynamic playmakers, particularly Demetrius Lake. You can catch the game tonight at 7:00, at the football stadium. And you can relive the action with the game audio broadcast at Htownstrong.com.

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