Prediction Thread: The Ballard Game
Tomorrow night, the Tigers take the field for the first time under the lights in 2014! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited and can’t wait to bring you all the coverage your heart could desire over the next 48 hours. WSTX Sports wants to hear how excited you are for the Tigers’ home opener against the Ballard Bruins.
Here’s some background information put together by the Courier-Journal’s Jason Frakes on the Ballard Bruins to help educate your prediction:
BALLARD (5-6 in 2013)
Coach: Mike Jackson (seventh season, 41-31).
Starters back: Offense 4, defense 4.
Class: 6-A, District 5.
Player to watch: Senior Sean Hammonds (6-3, 235) is a versatile athlete who will play tight end on offense and tackle, end and linebacker on defense. He led the Bruins with 12 tackles for loss last season and has committed to Ball State. “He’s big, but he’s very, very quick off the ball,” Jackson said.
Other top players: WR/FS Moe Masden (Sr.), QB/LB Sam White (Sr.), FB/LB Jalil Brown (Sr.), RB/SS David Daniels (Jr.), OL/DL Jared Williams (Sr.), QB/DE Kenshawn Washington (Sr.), FB/LB Hayden Smith (Jr.), OL/DL William Mbumba (Jr.).
Outlook: Jackson has scrapped the spread offense for the wing-T, hoping to take better advantage of his personnel. “We have to give our little guys up front a chance,” he said. “I think we’ll be able to block better with some deception and fakes and double-teams.” Washington, a transfer from Butler, is expected to start at quarterback. Jackson said Daniels is a “tough, hard-nosed” runner who also is the team’s best blocker in the backfield. Former Doss head coach LaKunta Farmer has joined the staff as defensive coordinator.
Who do you think wins and why? Leave your prediction in the comment section below!