The eight-man football semifinal playoff game, which the Mavericks will have to travel nearly 500 miles to reach, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Mavericks are coming off a 42-28 point victory over Walsh High School on Nov. 13, a quarterfinal playoff matchup held on Norwood’s home turf.
Norwood Head Coach Tom LaFramboise said his players did well keeping their heads up and staying with the game plan against a “very good” Walsh team that is “well coached, very disciplined and had a lot of speed.
“Our whole team had to play well to win against an explosive team such as Walsh,” LaFramboise said, explaining that the offense was able to control the ball with its ground game, running 42 times for an average of 9.2 yards per rush. “We knew we wanted a ball control offense that kept their explosive offense on the sideline.”
On the other side of the ball, LaFramboise said the defense has been outstanding throughout the playoffs under defensive coach Jack Brier. In preparation for each game, the Maverick's second team players have been running opponents offenses at its starting-team defense.
“The second team guys are really the big key,” LaFramboise said. “They give our first team such a good look that when game day gets here our defense is used to the opposing offense.”
Focusing on this weekend’s game against Caliche, he said the team will continue to work on basic fundamentals “just like every week,” as well as working on adjustments to play Caliche, who he said is “very tough and big” and have played a very tough schedule to make it to the playoffs.
“The Norwood team is very focused,” he added. “We set goals at the beginning of the year and the kids are determined to achieve these goals.”