Marvin Ridge opens the Class 3AA playoffs this week with a trip to Charlotte Catholic (9-1). The Cougars average 45 points per game behind a disciplined Double Wing-T offensive scheme and bruising running back Elijah Hood, a 215-pound junior who has rumbled to 33 touchdowns and 1,989 yards this season despite playing just the first half of many games – the starters typically get pulled after halftime because of the large leads.
Mavs coach Scott Chadwick said he’s coached against several current NFL players from his time in Georgia and Maryland but said, “(Hood) doesn’t take a backseat to anybody. He’s a very special football player.”
While Chadwick said there’s no real way to simulate facing a running back such as Hood, he did have his scout-team offense spend a full day just learning and practicing the Cougars’ offense in hopes of giving the defense an accurate portrayal of how it runs.
Chadwick said he also thinks it will help that the teams played in the second round of last year’s playoffs.
“I certainly think we know a little more of what to expect,” Chadwick said. “I think playing them certainly helps.”