Being the quarterback of an offense is one thing.
Being the quarterback of the defense is something a little different.
Brian Gummelt has been doing exactly that this season, and Palestine coach Lance Angel is pleased.
“Brian is the QB of our defense and does a great job in getting our defense lined up and adjusted,” Angel said.
Gummelt has led the team in tackles in two-out-of-three games so far this season. In the game that he didn’t, he was tied with Isaiah Mitchell for most tackles.
If the saying, “defense wins championships,” holds true, Palestine fans have something to look forward to.
Angel said the Wildcat defense has done well this season, but it has had its struggles.
“Overall, our defense has played eight really good quarters (four against La Vega, first half against Jacksonville and second half against Kaufman) and four below average quarters (second half against Jacksonville and first half against Kaufman),” Angel said. “We need to put a whole game together and play a great first half and a great second half, and that is going to take all 11 on defense playing as one unit.”
Palestine is trying to stay undefeated on the season, and to do that, the Wildcats are going to have to win against Tyler’s Chapel Hill Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are coming into the matchup with a 1-2 record so far this year. They finished 3-7 last year, but last year’s matchup between these teams was decided by 20 points, in favor of Chapel Hill.
The Wildcats are looking to redeem themselves this Friday, and Angel said he knows the Bulldogs will make the Wildcats work.
“Offensively, they have a good offensive line and a couple of running backs that can fly in that of Wesley Thompson and Joseph Clark (Clark has committed to Texas Tech),” Angel said. “Their QB Andrew Black is an athletic QB that has a great arm and is also a run threat.
“Defensively, their defensive line will be one of the best we will see this season,” Angel continued. “Their linebackers and secondary will be fast and aggressive.”
One of the key components for the Wildcats thus far this season has been the play of the offensive line. Without the quality play of the offensive line, Wildcats’ running back Ben Luckett wouldn’t be having as good of a season. Angel credits the line day-in-and-day-out and is thankful for the job it has done.
“Brian Thlang, Patrick Cross, Eric Gonzales, Jeremiah Stacy, Edwin Florian and Dee McMorris,” Angel said. “Putting all the scheming aside, football really comes down to blocking and tackling and how good your offensive line plays. These guys have been solid this year, and they will have their work cut out for them this week.”
Being the quarterback of an offense is one thing.
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