Friday, October 23, 2009

5 Keys to the Game: Dartmouth

1) Run Until They Stop Us

A: The Big Green has had terrible problems against the run this season.

B: The Lions have the league's top rusher, a dangerous running QB, and their best offensive line in many years.

C: Columbia should and must run the ball often and effectively tomorrow. Any failure to do so puts the Lions in a very tough spot and will boost Dartmouth's confidence exponentially throughout the day.

2) Pressure Conner Kempe

The young sophomore backup-turned-starting QB put up some impressive numbers against Holy Cross last week. But the Lions, especially pass rushers Lou Miller and Matt Bashaw, need to dare him to do that again under much heavier pressure. Columbia needs sacks and pressure-caused turnovers.

3) Contain Nick Schwieger

The Big Green running back can make great cuts and bounce off tacklers. The first guy to Schwieger needs to bring him down. I expect Dartmouth to try to attack the center of the defensive line with Schwieger a little more, especially if the field is as wet as the forecasters are saying it's going to be tomorrow. That means Chris Groth and Bruce Flemming will have to be on their games, with help from MLB Marc Holloway.

4) Keep Looking for Kennedy

With a safety and a linebacker or two always sticking near the line of scrimmage to guard against runs by M.A. Olawale, Lion tight end Andrew Kennedy has been finding it easier to get open. In rainy conditions tomorrow, Kennedy could be an even more deadly weapon.

5) Don't Get Burned on Kick Returns

Big Green kick and punt returning star Shawn Abuhoff is going to break one for a score very soon, but the Lions need to make sure it doesn't happen tomorrow.

As for Columbia's kick returning, the Lions need to get back to what they were doing most of the early part of the season. That includes finding a way to get Austin Knowlin's hands on more punts and seeing Craig Hamilton burn opposing teams that were kicking off away from Knowlin.


At Fri Oct 23, 09:35:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe it - but it looks like we will pick up our 2nd Ivy road win...

we really should win this game, wish i could trek up to the north woods, but will be content to watch us win on the Sidelion...

Sorry for Big Green's and Buddy's losing streak - but we need a win!


At Sat Oct 24, 02:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah, this game needs to be a win, no excuses here, GO LIONS!!!

At Sat Oct 24, 09:38:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Dartmouth team is worse then last years. If we can't beat them,we don't deserve to be in "top echelon" chatter in the league--take care of business and get it done.

At Sun Oct 25, 04:20:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:38:

Dartmouth this year is much, much better than last years team. Last year, we couldn't run the ball, throw the ball, or shut down an opposing offense.
This year we held tough against 2 of the top 20 teams in the country(colgate and UNH) and very nearly beat Penn(one score and 3 bad calls away).
And then, today, we completely shut down one of the most explosive offenses in the Ivy League(columbia), put 7 on the board on a fumble return and(as if this wasn't enough) our RB put 231 yards on you by himself(nevermind the extra 50 or so we got from other players).
Your team came in, started talking right off the bat and completely overlooked us, and it cost them. Give credit where its due.

At Sun Oct 25, 06:05:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

Anonymous 2:20:

Hindsight is 20-20. Didnt see you before todays post.

At Sun Oct 25, 07:20:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why we lost:
starting the third quarter we had 5 chances with the ball. The resuls: a FG blocked, a 3 and out, followed by by two consecutive interceptions and a fumble(brought back for a TD)
Been There! ( my last post, goodbye)


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