Packer football team takes aim at Faribault

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Austin football team has a win under its belt and it will aim for number two when they host Faribault (1-0 overall) this Friday at 7 p.m.

The Falcons will bring a physical style of play that will test Austin’s run defense early and often.

“Their offense is about the best wing T style of offense that we will see during the year,” Austin head coach Tim Hermann said. “There will be much misdirection and trapping, sweeps, and play actions to contend with.”

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Last week, the Packers ran for 233 yards against Red Wing and passed for 79 more.

Hermann said he expects the Falcons to bring up to eight men within four yards of the line of scrimmage to control the point of attack, which may mean more passing for the Packers.

“We will need to be better at picking up blitzes and will need to mix the pass well with the run,” Hermann said. “Obviously, teams will start to load up the box on us and we will need to

have play actions and other passing schemes to take advantage of this strategy used by our opponents.”

If there was one thing that Austin struggled with last week, it was punting the ball. They didn’t have to do it often, but the results could have been better.

“The one part of the game that needs some heavy attention will be the special teams, especially the punt game,” Hermann said. “That will be a point of emphasis this week.”

Faribault opened its season with a 32-21 win over New Prague. Both of its running backs — Adam Hallet and Alek Johnson — ran for over 100 yards in the win.