El Campo ready for diverse Somerset attack
El Campo Ricebirds vs. Somerset Bulldogs
CLASS 3A, DIVISION I REGIONAL
7:30 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Bastrop
Radio: KULP, 1390 AM
EL CAMPO - Once El Campo coach Bob Gillis watched tape of Somerset, he learned the Bulldogs are more than a passing fancy.
Somerset quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. threw five touchdown passes in the Bulldogs' 49-6 Class 3A, Division I bi-district playoff win over Boerne.
But 57 of Somerset's 80 plays were runs and the Bulldogs rushed for 282 of their 450 offensive yards.
"They're probably 70 percent run," Gillis said. "It's real unique because they run out of an I formation and a T formation. They throw the ball very effectively. We thought they spread out and threw the ball most of the time until we watched tape. They like to run the ball."
The Ricebirds (11-0) hope to contain whatever Somerset (9-2) attempts when the teams meet in a regional playoff Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Bastrop.
"Detmer's real accurate," Gillis said. "They've got receivers who aren't real big, but who run great routes and they've got some guys who can catch it. Their line is huge. They've got a big ol running back (Denaldo Perez) about 225 pounds who keeps pounding you. They do a real good job of play-action passes."
Detmer Jr., a sophomore, is the son of former NFL quarterback Koy Detmer, who is the team's quarterback coach. Sonny Detmer, Koy Jr.'s grandfather, is Somerset's head coach.
"He's well coached," El Campo secondary coach Alan Roberts said of Detmer Jr. "He's not a real big guy. You can tell he's got a clue of what he's doing. He looks like daddy. He's got that back shoulder little spin his dad made a living off of. He wouldn't be able to do the job for his granddad if he wasn't the real deal."
Detmer Jr. has completed 105 of 182 passes for 1,840 yards and 29 touchdowns with only three interceptions. His five touchdown passes against Boerne went to Juan Guerra, who has 27 receptions for 503 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"We're going to have to play our man," said El Campo defensive back Jeremy Supak, who had an interception in the Ricebirds' 35-21 bi-district win over La Grange. "We can't just let them run around. We're going to have to stay with them. He can scramble. When he gets under pressure, he will try to juke his way out of it. We're going to have to stay with our receivers."
El Campo did an excellent job of applying pressure against La Grange, sacking quarterback Logan Vinklarek seven times.
"It's not that they're complicated or anything," Gillis said. "The sophomore Detmer, he's pinpoint. Of course, he comes from good bloodlines. He's not a running quarterback, but he's good at eluding pressure. We need to try and put pressure on him and we know we need to cover our guys. We need to stay with them."
Gillis knows the best defense against Detmer Jr. is to keep him off the field, much like Calhoun did in a 49-6 win over the Bulldogs.
"That's why we want to drive. That's kind of our game," Gillis said. "The other night against La Grange - you never want to take off points - we scored real quick a lot early. I thought the drive we had in the second half before we fumbled was here we go. We were more in rhythm. I felt real good about that drive until we dropped the ball."
• Somerset will be the home team
• The winner will face the winner of Friday's Ingleside-Kingsville game in the quarterfinals.