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Canton Will Provide Strong Test

The Canton Warriors will provide Wyalusing Valley with a strong early season test, according to Ram coach Gary Otis.

"They are well-coached," Otis said of the Warriors, who are coming off a 3-7 campaign in 2003.

"They like to run the option and they do it well," Otis said. "They use motion to set up the option."

Quarterback Brad Watkins will be the triggerman for coach Lyle Wesneski's Warriors.

Fullback Quay Ward will be joined in the backfield by either Zach Martin, Jesse O'Connors or David Hedrick.

Veteran guards John Pepper and Cory Fromille anchor a solid offensive line.

"Defensively, we're going to have to be disciplined and stay home against the option," Otis said.

Canton's defense is a 4-4, but Otis reports that it is very aggressive.

"They put the pressure on. It's a 4-4 but there's eight men on the line pretty much all the time."

"Offensively, we have to control the line of scrimmage and keep them from shooting the gaps," Otis said.

With protection, Fish and his receivers may be able to exploit an inexperienced Canton secondary.

Game time at Peterson Stadium on Friday night is 7 p.m.



Susquehanna Scrimmage

After a sluggish first scrimmage against Montrose on Aug. 21, there was plenty of room for improvement by the Rams entering last Saturday's scrimmage at Susquehanna Community.

The Rams showed improvement in attitude and execution, according to Otis.

"The biggest thing we were disappointed about (against Montrose) was the lack of intensity so we worked hard on that. It showed today."

Wyalusing unveiled a potent passing attack in its first 10 plays as Fish threw touchdown passes to Greg Schantz, Jared Johnson and Zach Reinhart. Johnson and Julio Torres caught passes later in the scrimmage.

"We had a chance to get work in on our passing game," Otis said. "We have a lot of good things going for us and we want to keep improving on it."

Schantz, who scored on a long run, and tailback Eric Brigham also looked sharp in the early part of the scrimmage.

Otis credited improved line play with much of the offensive success.

"The line play came along this week."

Defensively, the Rams did a better job against the run against Susquehanna than it did against Montrose.

"Defensively, we're starting to get into the right spots and starting to attack. We worked on the tackling."

Susquehanna's only score came during a goal-line session.

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