When Gloucester and Lynn Classical meet on the gridiron Saturday at Bishop Fenwick High School (1:00 p.m.) they will do so as near carbon copies of one another in terms of philosophy.
The game plan for both teams on offense and defense is simple. Offensively both teams have the mantra of we are going to run the ball and make you stop us. Of course that means the defensive game plan for both teams is to stop the others vaunted rushing attack.
For Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli, the deciding factor in a game where both teams like to do the same things is simple; who’s tougher?
“This is a toughness matchup,” Zerilli said. “It’s who is tougher than who. We both have good ground games and we’ve stressed to the team this week that it’s all about toughness. Are you going to be tougher than them? If we’re tougher we will win, if they’re tougher they will win.”
Given the fact that both Gloucester (1-4) and Lynn Classical (4-1) have an abundance of tough kids on both sides of the ball, Saturday’s contest has the look of a physical, grinding affair, which is just the way both teams want it.
Gloucester’s front seven will be put to the test again Saturday against a strong Rams offensive line and set of running backs. Lynn Classical runs a double wing system, but not the tight double wing formation that it used to run. The Rams now have a split end and take regular splits on the offensive line. The formation is run very similar to Gloucester’s wing-t offense.
The Rams don’t throw the ball often and love to use backs Justin Avery, Devon Crayton and Brad Scuzzarella out of the running game behind a big and physical offensive line.