The King Slayer: Central relishes opportunity to face Defending State Champions


He has standing scholarship offers from Nebraska, Duke, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.

Suffice it to say, Maroa Forsyth's Jack Hockaday is the most talented and decorated player to cross Camp Point Central's football radar this year.

Michael Houston: "Hockaday...he is a quick quarterback. He's fast and he's smart"

Brad Dixon: "Yeah it all starts with him. Everything they try to do is through him whether he is running it our throwing it. So we definitely have to know where he's at at all times and he's definitely a special player. You don't get recruited from D-1 schools unless you're special."

Their challenge then is to make Jack Hockaday and that potent Maroa-Forsyth Offense, which has scored 40 or more points in nine of eleven games this season, temporarily un-special; at least for one afternoon. And the Panthers, to their credit this season, have shown a certain talent for disruption.

Jason Dormire: "Yeah, any quarterback that you can get pressure on early isn't going to be nearly as effective. Hopefully we can get pressure on him the whole game and throw him off."

Brad Dixon: "Yeah, we going to kind of expect our down linemen to take care of their offensive line this week. And obviously with our three guys we hope they can do that so that will allow our linebackers to run free. They've done a great job all year of really neutralizing the opponents Offensive Line. We have another test again this week. We just have got to make tackles in space. Any time you play a spread team, that is something you have to do and we've got to try to be physical."

Michael Houston: "We definitely have the courage and the strength up front and we have that ability to know that we have put in the time and that we are stronger than the other team we are going across from. Which makes us feel better. We know we can get in there and bother Hockaday in the backfield."

Make no mistake, the Panthers are both mindful and respectful of the caliber of opponent they face on Saturday. But to a man, these kids are supremely confident coming off that big win over Brown County. As well as sick and tired of hearing what a lousy playoff draw they have been dealt. Not to mention downright elated to get the chance to try and rip the crown off a defending champions head.