PORT ARTHUR — On top of that, they had to know which direction he was going to kick it, as that determined where they’d place Lott in the formation. That takes a lot of scouting and identifying tendencies in La Porte’s game film for an area of play (special teams) that normally doesn’t get the same attention from fans scouting-wise.
That wasn’t the first time Memorial has proven prepared by scouting special teams. The week before, against West Brook, Memorial correctly identified a punt formation or tendency for the Bruins to fake punt in certain situations. Thus, they kept the first team defense on the field on a number of key fourth downs and forced West Brook to call time out and change plans at least once.
So, that’s a lot of hard work in just scouting the opponent to identify a tendency on kickoffs. At that point, the Titans then had to design a play and practice it, while also making sure they had the right personnel in the right spots.
Of course, that also means putting players in spots that won’t tip off the other team to what the Titans may be doing. If, say, they had moved a regular returner like Kameron Martin, John Leday or Albert Jacobs to that second level, La Porte’s coaches would have surely noticed and been prepared.
As it was, they got the ball into Rucker’s hands. While Rucker may not be the fastest receiver on the team, he consistently makes big plays each week. His presence on the second level also isn’t that strange.
Lott’s spot is odd, though. The junior was called up to varsity and installed as the backup QB halfway through the season, but he hasn’t played much. By putting him on the kick return team, the Titans not only get a playmaker on the second level, they also get someone who can throw it across the field and make sure the throw goes backwards.