Sharks must stop the Wagner ground attack

SHADOW CREEK — The Shadow Creek Sharks will evaluate the San Antonio Wagner Thunderbirds and will realize they must stop the ground attack and force their opponent to put the ball in the air.

Teams that don't rely on the pass for most of the season don't all of a sudden turn into an air raid offense.

If the Sharks can build a defensive wall against the run and also put pressure on the quarterback when a pass play is called, the Shadow Creek Sharks should have a strong chance of winning the game and a shot at a state title.

There are three key players for the Thunderbirds that will have the attention of the Sharks.

Quarterback Tobias Weaver

The senior signal-caller is a decent passer when called upon, but he is usually handing the ball off to a couple of strong running backs.

Weaver has hit 67-of-98 passing for 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns with only two interceptions.

The Thunderbirds mainly depend on their dual running backs in senior Karlton Black (5-7, 163) and sophomore LJ Butler (5-7, 195).

Running Back Karlton Black

Black leads the Thunderbirds in rushing with 1,870 yards on 172 carries for 30 touchdowns. He averages 10.9 yards per carry and 133.6 yards per game.

Running Back LJ Butler

Butler is only a sophomore, but has a lot of speed and quickness. Butler averages 13.2 yards per carry and 81.4 yards per game. He has 1,139 yards on 86 carries for 16 touchdowns on the ground and four TDs receiving for a total of 20 scores.