DUTCHTOWN VS VANDEBILT CATHOLIC
Terriers at Griffins
Sept. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
With Guy Mistretta
Head Football Coach
Dutchtown High School
Sports Scene: With another big win you are 3-0. I bet you are excited?
Coach Mistretta: It is exciting to be 3-0. It is the first time since I have been at Dutchtown. It is always good to get off to a good start and not have to feel like you are constantly fighting to get back into it.
Sports Scene: You win 24-6 over Covington. On paper they were maybe your toughest opponent thus far?
Coach Mistretta: We challenged the kids this week. We knew it would be our toughest competition to date. They are a big, physical team so I was curious to how we would handle it especially up front. On top of that, they jumped out to an early lead. It is good to see how you respond to that type of adversity. To see that we didn’t panic and kept calm was encouraging.
Sports Scene: Talk about your defense and their performance?
Coach Mistretta: Our defense has a long way to go to reach their potential. We give up a lot of stuff that maybe we shouldn’t and it is just about simply being out of position. That said, when we need to step up and make big plays to stop drives, we have done that. So we have that killer instinct a little when we need it. We just need to develop that throughout the game.
Sports Scene: Who stood out this week, defensively?
Coach Mistretta: Brett Latiolais had a really good for us at our strong safety position. We gave up the long pass and some yardage but I think we are playing better at the point of attack. Over the last of weeks, drills have been good and we are excited where we are headed there.
Sports Scene: The big name that stood out on offense was Dylan Sampson?
Coach Mistretta: Dylan has a little burst to him. He has good vision and a lot of tools to be a really good running back. He has got vision and some wiggle to him. He can see the field and can anticipate but he will be the first to tell you that having a backfield mate like Blayden Louis with a lot of experience really helps. And the offensive line has been spectacular and we are excited about that because we have depth in that spot.
Sports Scene: Brayden Fritsche had a rushing touchdown this week. You are still work in progress in the passing game?
Coach Mistretta: We feel like we are coming a long way in the passing game. We had our best week of practice and were expecting to come out and throw the ball. The way the first quarter went, we really felt like they could not stop us between the tackles running the ball. We just got away from it because that is what the game dictated. That said, we want to throw the ball more and will continue to develop that.
Sports Scene: Next week you have Vandebilt Catholic. What type of team are they?
Coach Mistretta: They are really scrappy, well coached and fundamentally sound. These guys get after it on the fronts from start to finish. It is going to be a challenge. The things that they do on offense will really challenge our defense. You have to really be alert and aware of what is going on. It is going to be a good matchup for us. I am glad it is at home.