“Our running back, Keshawn Jackson has rushed for 1,332 yards and 18 TDs in just six games this season and is obviously a huge part of our offense,” Holden added. “He has just taken ownership of his role and looks to make a big play every time he touches the ball.
“John Venable has also run the ball extremely well this year as our fullback, and together they make up a terrific backfield.”
The Wildcats are coming off a bitter end to last season’s game with Italy. The Gladiators upset the Wildcats with a 20-16 victory, but this season, Holden said the Wildcats are ready for anything Italy has to offer.
“Italy is a tough, physical team, with huge offensive and defensive line,” Holden said. “They are definitely the biggest team we have played all year which will cause us some matchup problems.
“Offensively, we just need to make sure we stay on our blocks and play the way we have all year, and be patient in letting the plays develop in the running game,” he continued. “Defensively, we have to be prepared for the multiple offensive sets that they run, everything from the spread to the I-formation.
“Our kids have to know their assignments and play great technique and make plays like they have all season.”