Gateway – McDowell Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
The Game: Gateway (7 AAAA) @ Erie McDowell (10 AAAA)*
Date: Friday, October 10, 2008, from Gus Anderson Field in Millcreek Township
2008 Record: Gateway (6-0), Erie McDowell (4-2)
About Gateway: To say that it would be a surprise that Gateway would dominate the way it has through the first six weeks would be very wrong – this is arguably the most-talented football team the Gators have ever fielded. Being ranked third in the nation by the USA-Today, and averaging 46.3 points per game, Gateway has many varied weapons on offense, and a lights out defense which is only allowing six points per game on the year and 21 total points in the last five weeks.
Offensively, the Gators boast a talented backfield which includes junior quarterback Rob Kalkstein and backs Brian Williams and Dorian Bell, both seniors. Williams racked up 307 yards and four touchdowns against Hempfield last week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and has now run for 743 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Bell adds eight rushing touchdowns and over 400 yards in a limited role as a tailback. Kalkstein, meanwhile, is lights out, completing over 70 percent of his passes for 818 yards and 12 touchdowns.
About Erie McDowell: One thing that’s certain – Gateway hasn’t faced a team with the rushing attack that McDowell will bring on Friday night. In last week’s victory over Latrobe, the Trojans ran for 633 yards, according to the Erie Times-News. McDowell, as a team, is averaging 10.73 yards per carry, 372 rushing yards, and 40.2 points per game.
The Trojan’s triple option offense is led by quarterback AJ Fenton and fullback Alex Schmude. Fenton, a Wisconsin recruit, has run for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Schmude has tallied 895 yards and 6 scores.
Junior Dejon Young has added 178 yards on 18 carries, including a 72-yard touchdown run on McDowell’s opening play from scrimmage in their 38-33 Thursday night showcase loss to Seneca Valley.
The Trojans do not pass often, but Fenton has thrown for 330 yards and four touchdowns against only one interception.
Gateway stats from Maxpreps.com; Erie McDowell stats from the Erie-Times website, www.goerie.com.
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