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Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido scores a touchdown against Lake Park on Friday, September 14, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Here’s a scary thought for defensive coordinators whose teams remain on the Waubonsie Valley schedule. There’s more to come from the 4-0 Warriors, who are averaging 48.2 points per game.
“We’ve got stuff we can run that we haven’t even pulled out of the bag yet because we haven’t had to,” coach Paul Murphy said after Friday’s 49-28 win over Lake Park.
He pointed to a dive play to junior RB Demario Webb and a screen pass to Troy Fumagalli that paid big dividends in the second half after a strong first half dominated by the running of RB Austin Guido and QB Dylan Warden out of the Waubonsie option.
After a snap over the punter’s head gave the Warriors the ball on the Lancer 15 early in the third quarter, Webb took a handoff and went 11 yards setting up another short TD run by Guido.
On the next possession, he ran the play again and broke free for 52 yards before a defensive back caught him and made a TD saving tackle at the Lake Park 27. Murphy said he called the play because at halftime his players had told him Lake Park linebackers were leaving the A gap (between center and guard) open to cover the Warrior option runs wide.
“Demario splits it and almost took it to the house,” the coach said. “It gave them something (to think about) we hadn’t been doing all year, but it’s part of our offense.”
Fumagalli later hauled in a short pass and went 64 yards, setting the Warriors up for another score at the Lake Park 6.
“The linebacker was with (Fumagalli) for about 15 yards and released him (to a safety who wasn’t there) and I’m like, ‘Where’s the safety?’ ” said Murphy. “I think that’s because our running game has been so effective, these guys are so hunkered down trying to stop our running game, hopefully our play-action passing game is going to kick in the way we want it to.
“My philosophy has always been take what the defense gives you and if I can save stuff for down the road that our opponents haven’t seen, that gives us an edge. If we show everything and it’s out there on film, then they can prepare for it. The nice thing is we haven’t had to show everything and so we feel good about that.”
Clicking on all cylinders
Waubonsie Valley’s option attack is clicking for a combination of reasons, including strong blocking up front and the talented running of tailback Austin Guido and quarterback Dylan Warden.
Then there’s also the decision making and ballhandling of Warden, who has to read the defense and make split-second decisions on whether to fake to the fullback, run himself or pitch to a trailing back.
“I thought he did a nice job of reading that (option),” said Murphy. “He pulled (the ball back) just when he needed to pull it (back) and he kinda screwed (Lake Park’s defense) up.
“That’s what we weren’t able to do last year. He wasn’t confident enough to get us to the third phase of the triple option. This year, we’re running all three phases, the dive, the QB (keeper) and the pitch.
“And if you bring up the safety, we have the option of sending (TE) Troy (Fumagalli) vertical, past the safety and throwing it. Once again, it’s one more thing they have to worry about.”