Midseason Report Card: Kettle Run football gets a ‘B+’ grade
De Jackson and the Kettle Run defense has bottled up opponent ball carriers all season. --Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
If we were grading only defenses, Kettle Run would get a straight-A. Similar to the past two seasons, the Cougars’ defense has fueled their success in 2013.
In fact, it is remarkable how well their defense compares statistically to a 2012 unit that led the Cougars all the way to the VHSL Group AA state semifinals for the second consecutive season. That bodes well for Kettle Run in 2013.
The Cougars have allowed only 169.6 yards and 12.8 points per game en route to a 3-2 record thus far this season. In 2012, Kettle Run allowed 177.9 yards and 12.2 points per game en route to an 11-3 final record.
Unlike past seasons, however, Kettle Run does not have a favorable turnover ratio. The Cougars’ offense has been the drag keeping them from performing at its peak.
Kettle Run has an 11:13 turnover ratio in 2013 after finishing last season with a phenomenal 37:23 ratio. In 2011, the Cougars had a near-mythical 43:18 ratio.
So if Kettle Run’s offense, particularly its passing game, can improve, the Cougars will again contend for a state championship, this time in Class 3A. They’re already ranked No. 3 in the 3A East Region and they’re tied with Fauquier High for the best record in Fauquier County despite playing a far tougher schedule.
Offensive MVP: David Eldridge, receiver. Has a team-high seven touchdowns and averages 23.3 yards per touch as a receiver, runner, returner and defensive back (628 all-purpose yards).
Defensive MVP: De Jackson, linebacker. Is the key cog in Kettle Run’s blitzing 3-5 defense.
Unsung hero: Jonathan Grammo, offensive guard; Christian Yancey, linebacker. Yancey has been a “coach on the field” and Grammo has anchored an otherwise inexperienced line.
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