Culver football, top Dog
The Culver High School Bulldogs football team moved to 4-0 after defeating Weston-McEwen 20-0 at home Sept. 27.
Culver's defense has held strong all year, allowing opponents an average of only six points per game through the first four games of the season. The defense did its job again, shutting out Weston-McEwen, which averaged 38 points per game through the first two games.
"With these different offenses we are seeing, from double wing to spread, we spent a lot of time in preparation as far as our base defense," head Culver football coach Shea Little said. "This was one of the first teams where we could run our 4-3 defense. We spent a lot of time this past week getting the kids in the right position, to communicate and focus on their checkdowns. They did a good job with that and the kids played well together. They swarmed to the football well and they don't quit, which has helped in all aspects of the game, from special teams to offense."
Culver quarterback Justyce Loredo ran for the Bulldogs in the first two touchdowns of the game. He ended the game with 84-yards rushing on six attempts with two touchdowns. The Bulldogs were also able to punch in the ball one more time before the game ended, coming away with their fourth victory of the season.
"It was a good game," Little said. "Real physical game. Probably the best team we have faced this far. We had to play in space a little bit; it wasn't a wing offense, so wasn't such smashmouth football, but it was probably our most physical game, as well. They were a good team, good-sized, well-coached. They threw a lot of formations at us and the kids responded well and adjusted well."
"On offense, we struggled a little bit," said Little. "We tried to throw the football a little bit more and didn't see a lot of success, so we still need to focus on that. We still need to clean up assignments. The kids had to face a different kind of adversity, not being down scorewise, but we had four or five of our No. 1 guys get banged up, so we had our No. 2 guys step up. They all stepped up for us at the varsity level."
Culver plays another tough team in Santiam this Friday. The No. 2 ranked 2A Bulldogs travel to Santiam to take on the No. 9 ranked Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
"Santiam is our second league game and they will probably be the best team we have seen so far," Little said. "We will have some challenges ahead of us. We are going to take this week to get healthy. The team is working on film and defense. We are going to work on our passing game this week to try to be more successful than we have been. The kids have a lot of work ahead of us, but they respond well."
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