What the Blue Devils do well…heading into playoffs

By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House Football

WHITE HOUSE – This Friday, the undefeated Blue Devils are 10-0 and heading into the first round of the Class 4-A playoffs with a home game against Chester County at 7 p.m. Let’s bounce around the stats to see what the Blue Devils have done well this season, and a few things that could improve as the team gets better each week.

Offense:

  • Scoring 33.6 points per game including 238 of 336 total points in the first half.
  • Has only trailed once (Springfield)
  • 45.7% on third down and 53.8% on fourth down and only punted 19 times, with seven of Kevin James kicks going inside the 20.
  • Not high stats in yardage, but balanced. The Blue Devils average 279.5 yards per game with 117 passing and 162 rushing.
  • Scores on big plays. The Blue Devils have 43 offensive touchdowns and three field goals, but are just 34-of-39 in the red zone which means double digit touchdowns from outside the 20.
  • Behind in time of possession, 25:14 to 22:46.
  • Only 10 turnovers.
  • Balanced rushing. Leading rusher is Preston Sharber with 486 and Will Frazer with 335. The Blue Devils traditionally contend for a 1,000-yard back. Six players have over 100 yards rushing.
  • Throw it around, as 13 players have caught a pass and six of them have scored touchdowns.
  • 18 players have scored points.

Defense:

  • Allowed 7.4 points per game, third best in the state overall.
  • Allowed only 10 points total in the second quarter and just 24 for the whole season in the first half.
  • Shut down conversions. Allowed 29.7% on third down and 26.1% on fourth down.
  • Lot of penalties. Given up 10 first downs by penalty of 87 first downs total.
  • Given up only 53.9 passing yards per game.
  • Big runs at times. Allowed 130.5 rushing per game.
  • Strip drill. Created 23 turnovers (plus-13). They have picked off 11 passes, recovered 12 fumbles and created 30 fumbles.
  • Only given up eight trips into the red zone, with five scoring.
  • Pressure behind the line: 14 sacks, 113 tackles for losses and 30 quarterback hurries. Tyler McMurtry leads with seven sacks and 28 TFL.
  • Run after interceptions: 147 return yards on 11 picks.

Special Teams:

  • Seven of 19 punts inside the 20 yard line.
  • Don’t return many punts. Just 10 for the year, but one touchdown by Carter Hunt.
  • Convert kicks: 35-of-38 PAT and 3-of-5 FG.
  • Don’t always kick deep: 44.6 yards per kickoff, but can get into end zone.

Intangibles:

  • Overcome injury and adversity. Very balanced. Young players stepped up.
  • Served the community and supported the other sports in the school.
  • Mary’s Rock.
  • Focused introduction and walk-through the tunnel.
  • One game at a time.
  • Enjoy the moment.

See you Friday!

#bdp

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