Hello all, I am new to the board but I have been following the posts for years. I look forward to talking football with you all. Jknezek, I was at the W&L/Gc game yesterday and I did see a few good things from your Gennies. They looked pretty young on paper so there are some guys racking up good experience on the field. I will say I was impressed by the way the QB and the rest of the backfield excuted the option. They take care of the ball and appear to try and get north/south quickly. They gave GC's defense problems at times. With those guys being so young I am willing to bet they will be very formidable in years to come.
Welcome to the board. And yes, W&L is very young. Something didn't quite go right with Coach Abell's first two recruiting classes as a head coach. There are some guys in those classes, but not enough. I feel for guys like Micah Fleet, who is a senior Olineman. He's excellent, but there just isn't enough around him right now so this has to be a tough year to swallow. It happens, and I think the frosh and soph classes show that Coach Abell has got it going the right direction now. We'll see how the guys mature and how the classes go from here.
All that being said, the guys are working hard, they just are out gunned right now. This year I think belongs to HSC, though there is a lot of football to play and Guilford certainly isn't going to be a push over. But the Tigers look good right now. I think starting with the Wabash loss was so good for them to understand what it is going to take. Will they have a let down? Maybe, but I think if there was a year where it isn't going to happen, it's going to be this one.
Guilford... man what a difference from a few years ago. Coach R has done real good work with that program and it would not surprise me if they get a crown this year or next (not projecting farther than that!). The Quakers are good on offense, but I'm not sure they are tough enough on defense yet to take down the Tigers. Especially on the road. We will see, but I said two years ago the Quakers were improving, I said last year I wouldn't bet against them much this year, and there is no doubt the Quakers are making those thoughts look good.
On another note, a fresh coach has done wonders for E&H. The last couple years that was a team that just couldn't muster the extra bit to one tight games when needed. While they faded a bit against RMC, I'm seeing a lot I like with E&H and I haven't been able to say that for a long time. I think E&H is going to get their wins this year. Enough to make noise and we will have to see how they recruit going forward and how the ODAC adopts to the new schemes, but it is definitely looking up right now.
Overall I think the ODAC is looking stronger these days top to bottom. With the exception of Catholic, and W&L, everyone has taken a step forward in quality. W&L I think is in a temporary lull. Not sure about Catholic. They just don't look good.