Rams to face big, defensive-minded Orange for eastern title

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM.

The Rams average 48 points per game behind Derrell Scott, the school’s all-time leading rusher, who has 1,475 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground this season. Quarterback Pharoh Cooper has thrown for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions. But he’s also gained 1,081 yards rushing with 13 TDs.

Meanwhile, the Ram defense has posted two shutouts in the playoffs and came up with three turnovers in last week’s 57-7 victory over Washington, which managed just 86 total yards.

"Our defense is playing great," Bryant said. "It makes the offensive play-calling a lot easier when you’re giving up less than three points per game in the playoffs."

Orange counters with three-year starter Sean Motley at quarterback, and big-play potential with backs Jalen Pittman and Patrick Pettiford, both of whom have rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season. Last week against Eastern Alamance, the Panthers totaled 214 yards, 79 of which came on the ground.

"The quarterback’s 6-foot, 210, and he’s a tough runner and has a really strong arm," Bryant said. "They like to throw it down the field. Their quarterback has a big arm. He can throw it a long ways. He’s a very accurate down-the-field passer, and they have two backs that can take it to the house at any time."

Bryant said the Rams shouldn’t have to make major defensive changes.

"We’ll make a couple of little adjustments, but we’ll run several different fronts like we do against other teams," he said. "We’ll run our base defense with a few change-ups thrown in."

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