Gators will keep pounding against North Bay Academy

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 05:32 PM.

With a five-man front, North Bay’s defense will be similar to Baker's.

The Gators are coming off an impressive 56-14 win over District 1-1A rival Freeport in which tailback D.J. Thomas ran for 221 yards and five touchdowns on just 12 carries. Thomas now has 968 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.

Baker has rushed for 1,611 yards as a team. The Gators also have thrown for 560 yards to average 449 yards in total offense a game.

"We are more physical than a lot of people we play as a result of how we play and how we attack the line of scrimmage," Brunson said. "Our offensive guys (linemen) and our fullbacks play with very good pad level.

"Coach (Chip) Weems has been with me a long time and he does a good job of getting those guys' knees bent and braced in there so they can get movement. Brandon Engler isn't the biggest fullback, but he's a very aggressive football player. They knock some holes and then our tailbacks, D.J. Thomas and Richard Stroheker, do a good job of finishing runs."

Brunson isn't expecting a letdown after the big district win when the Gators go out of district play Friday night.

"Our guys really are hungry for victory and they want to win every one," he said. "Our guys have played well every Friday night and I expect that to continue.

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