Prep football preview: Pittsfield at QND

Posted: Oct. 10, 2013 3:16 am Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 4:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer


When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 10th and Jackson

Radio: ESPN 1440 AM, WTAD 930 AM

Records: Pittsfield -- 3-3 (2-1 West Central Conference). Quincy Notre Dame -- 5-1 (3-0 WCC).

Coaches: Pittsfield -- Don Bigley (57-47 at Pittsfield, 11th season). QND -- Bill Connell (157-73 at QND, 22nd season).

Last meeting: Sept. 28, 1998 -- QND 14, Pittsfield 7. QND won with two special teams touchdowns. Kyle Venvertloh recovered a punt that Christian Akins blocked and ran 2 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. After Pittsfield tied the game on Danny Parkins' 4-yard run in the second quarter, QND's Ryan Barder returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, giving QND a 14-7 halftime lead that stood as the final. Pittsfield had 185 yards of total offense, while QND had just 114 yards.

The series: QND leads the all-time series 29-20-1 and has won seven straight.

Injury report: QND junior linebacker Logan Arens is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week. He joins Blaine Wilson on the list of QND starters out for the year. Connell said all other players are expected to be available Friday.

Matching the speed: Bigley expects his Saukees to match QND's strength Friday. Matching QND's speed could be a bigger challenge.

"We have to understand the difference in the speed of the game that they're used to playing," Bigley said. "We've got to be able to make the adjustment to that speed. I know QND is going to be really physical, but I think we're pretty physical, too. So I think the physicality part of it, we'll be OK at."

Scouting Pittsfield: The Saukees are riding a three-game winning streak. Senior quarterback Wayde Smith sparks the offense. He's 36-of-79 passing for 613 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has 378 rushing yards on 64 carries with four touchdowns.

"They have some true weapons. Their quarterback may very well be the best running quarterback we've seen all year," Connell said.

Senior fullback Isaac Whitaker leads Pittsfield's ground attack with 478 yards on 94 carries with seven touchdowns. Senior tight end Eli Petty has 19 receptions for 329 yards. Senior linebacker Kenny Little leads the defense with 49 total tackles.

Pittsfield is coming off of a 22-14 win over Monmouth-Roseville.

"The thing last Friday against Monmouth that we did that we haven't done for a couple years is when things went a little bit bad against us, we came back and made the big plays," Bigley said. "Last year we had a pretty decent team (when Pittsfield finished 3-6) and we just would make one or two mistakes a game that just killed us and it cost us close games. On Friday against Monmouth, we didn't do that."


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