Game Preview: Arundel vs. North County
Team Records: Arundel 1-1 vs. North County 2-0 Last five meetings results: 2018- Arundel wins 56-12 2017- Arundel wins 40-12 2016- Arundel wins 47-31 2015- Arundel wins 46-6 2014- Arundel wins 55-20 This Friday North County hosts Arundel in each team’s third game of the year. Arundel coming off a victory their last time out. […]
Team Records: Arundel 1-1 vs. North County 2-0
Last five meetings results:
- 2018- Arundel wins 56-12
- 2017- Arundel wins 40-12
- 2016- Arundel wins 47-31
- 2015- Arundel wins 46-6
- 2014- Arundel wins 55-20
This Friday North County hosts Arundel in each team’s third game of the year. Arundel coming off a victory their last time out. While North County comes in having won the first two games of their season.
For Arundel their first two games have gone in two different directions. As they began the season with two consecutive home games, losing badly to North Point 55-32 in their opener. Then bouncing-back with a 27-16 victory over Severna Park to even their record at 1-1. Arundel should have confidence going into this affair due to the fact they have won the last 5 meetings against North County. Arundel does have a lot of talent and will need to be on top of their game to beat a good North County team.
On the offensive side Arundel is led by Senior quarterback Austin Slye. On the year Slye has accounted for 7 touchdowns 5 passing and 2 rushing so far. Showcasing the dual threat capability, he has at the position. His ball placement on throws has improved, and he is hitting shots down the field more accurately. He still excels throwing short to intermediate routes where he hits receivers in stride regularly. Slye must take care of the football especially in this game to limit the amount of time his defense is on the field. Maximizing their opportunities as an offense to be as explosive as they can be. He will have to be at his best because as he goes so does Arundel.
The main weapons that will be aiding Slye offensively include Senior receiver Shaun-Trent Okoye and Senior running back Jordan Andrews. Okoye at around 6’2” 205 provides Slye a sizeable weapon on the outside. He has strong, reliable hands and a vast catch radius. He also is a very good blocker and is looked to lead the way on screens and be a key blocker in the running game. Arundel does have to find a way to get him more involved in the pass game this week — especially after only 1 catch against Severna Park — if they want their offense to become more dynamic.
Also be on the lookout for his teammate Junior receiver Petey Tucker to continue his solid production on the early season as well. As for Running back Jordan Andrews he is the bell cow of this Arundel running game. He will be key in helping Arundel control the clock and limit the number of possessions in the game. Andrews will certainly be a big part of the game plan this week as Arundel hopes to dominate in the trenches and offensively wear down North County’s defense.
Arundel’s defense will have to be prepared to slow down a North County offense coming off a 42-point effort their last time out. This unit is led by the like’s Senior defensive lineman Jiyon Humphrey and Senior free safety Devaun Nevils. Humphrey is a big presence on their defensive line who is a run stuffer on the interior. He has good anticipation and instincts to read the flow of blocking schemes and shoot the requisite gaps to make tackles for loss. Nevils is a key contributor on the back end showing strengths in both pass coverage and run defense. He tackles very well and is quick in his pursuit to the ball. He will need to be a difference maker in pass coverage, even creating a turnover to help steal a possession in a game where that may be crucial. Arundel overall must step up on defense — after allowing 71 total points in their first two games — in order to strengthen their chances at victory.
North County comes into this affair undefeated on the season. They won their opening game on the road 13-6 over Severna Park in a defensive battle. Then they won in blowout fashion 42-19 in their home opener versus Northeast. North County comes in playing well but must be wary of the tough opponent in Arundel they have coming. Hoping to break the string of losing they have endured the last 5 years to Arundel.
For North County’s offense this unit has scored 55 points in their first two games. They significantly improved their production from game one to game two and own a +35-point differential. Their offense is led by their rushing attack that rushed for 170 yards as a team against Severna park, then for a whopping 519 yards against Northeast. This type of running game will be a handful to deal with and must continue to lead the way offensively. Especially because of their limited passing attack that has not reached 90 yards passing either of the first two weeks. If they can control the line of scrimmage, they can keep the ball out of Austin Slye’s hands, limiting his opportunities to makes plays on the other side.
Their defense has been a big part of their formula with this physical and turnover creating unit. They as a defense have accumulated turnovers, with 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in their first two games. They have been strong on third down defense holding their opponents to an 8-28 conversion rate. If they keep these two trends up on defense, they could make life very difficult on Arundel.
For this game it will likely be a tight game with whatever team who stops the others running game gaining an advantage. Both teams need to eliminate turnovers to maximize possessions. This game may even come down to which quarterback will make the one big play to put here team on top. I happen to trust Austin Slye a little more in this scenario.
Final Score: Arundel wins 27-20