Rutherford gears up to try and stop Noble, Marlins come Friday

Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 10:10 PM CDT
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Among the week 7 games on tap on the Friday Night football schedule is an interesting intra-county game set for Chapman Field Friday between Arnold and Rutherford.

Both teams still holding out some kind of playoff hope, but they both need to rack up some wins, starting Friday.

Both are 2-4 after the first 6 games. The Rams with wins over North Bay Haven and Port St. Joe here.

The Marlins wins coming at Walton a few weeks ago, and then this last Friday, a big win over Bay.

Senior tailback Alex Noble, number 4 here leading the way in that one with 330 yards on 14 carries, basically 25 yards a carry, and four touchdowns.

Obviously Noble has caught coach Tillman's eye, but so has Arnold's leader on defense, Nick Caldwell.

"They're strong, they're big up front. They've got a quick back, they've got the best linebacker I've seen on tape. They've got a true identity on offense around 4, they've got a true identity on defense around number 6. That is good to have, to have that leadership and that player that you can circle everybody else around. That's a good challenge for us. We lost our middle linebacker, we lost our running back, that kind of everything circled around. So we're kind of having to go with the next guy at that position, and other guys taking a lead in it."

And more specifically, on how to stop Noble, well coach Tillman has talked a bit about that with his defenders.

"Play fast. Play fast, and when we get there, come strong. Because if we come there just fast, he's gonna run through us. You've got to put a whole game together. You can't just play fast and you can't just come up strong because if you come up strong he's going to run by you and if you come up fast and you don't come with something with it, he's going to run right through arm tackles. Don't leave it up to one man. The group needs to get him to the ground."

That game set for 7 and is one of several we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.

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