Floyd faces Longhorns in playoffs

Tony Parra

By Tony Parra
PNT Staff Writer
Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com
The games are about as meaningful as they get with the Floyd Broncos playing the Logan Longhorns in the six-man quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Logan, with the losers’ season coming to an end.
The Broncos have not played Logan, but they did scrimmage the Longhorns on Aug. 23.
“They have a couple of big kids,” Floyd coach Jeff Gillespie said. “They have some kids that are 6-foot-4 or taller. We run a spread offense and we want to out-quick them. Their big guys are not that fast.”
The results of the scrimmage were unsatisfactory to Broncos starting quarterback-running back Jerrod Lang.
“We played them in the scrimmage, but we didn’t play well,” Lang said. “We’re quicker and better. We’re a real different team than from the one they scrimmaged.”
The Broncos, who are 6-3, have won three of their last four games heading into the postseason. They are led by their two quarterbacks, Lang and senior Chance Chenault.
“I have at times thought about how this might be the last game,” Chenault said. “We need to go out there and play well, and hopefully we’ll win and play two more games.”
Long, who is one of the Broncos’ top rushers, is a quick quarterback who can bring the ball down on a passing play and take off for big gains.
“We need to catch the ball and make good plays,” Long stressed. “We’ve got to block and read the plays right off the snap.”
Chenault is a lankier quarterback who is a threat because he can see over defenders. He poses a threat as a wide receiver because he towers over smaller defensive backs.
“It’s nice,” Gillespie said about their versatility. “Defensively, we’re going to try to bend but not break. We need to try to make them drive the field and not miss any tackles that would cause a big play.”
Lang makes an impact on the defensive side of the ball as well. He has 13 interceptions this season while throwing only three at quarterback.
“Because we can both pass and run the ball, that keeps (the defense) from focusing on just one aspect,” Gillespie said. “It makes them work. We have a lot of boots (bootleg plays), reverses and trick plays for them.”
The Broncos finished second in District 3-1A with their only loss coming at the hands of district champion Melrose. The Buffaloes won 42-26 on their home field in a game which was supposed to take place in Floyd, but did not because their field was not ready.
“In six-man football, if you’re not scoring 30 or 40 points you’re not going to beat anybody,” Gillespie said.