… Sure, why not?
I think the Bucs provide a unique challenge for the Vikings. I’m not going to compare Interboro to St. Joseph’s Prep or North Penn, against whom Wood suffered its only losses.
But, you know, I’m not so sure Wood has faced a team as good as Interboro (outside of Prep and NP).
I saw Wood in action in the PCL Class AAA final. Bonner, which doesn’t have the talent of an Interboro, hung around for a little while. They were able to move the ball. A few weeks prior, the Friars put up 35 points vs. Wood despite the fact Bonner was missing its starting All-Delco quarterback.
Interboro is better than Bonner.
The Bucs have to worry about RB Andrew Guckin. Like, really, really worry about him.
The kid is long, powerful and jet-fast. He’s a “Holy cow!” kind of good.
Wood, though, doesn’t have the depth at the skill positions it had last year and the year before that. They’re going to run the ball, and Interboro has to form the wall it had going last night, when Henderson’s had a difficult time hitting the corner, to stand a chance at limiting the scoring output.
But Guckin will run right up the gut. He is a no-frills type of running back. He isn’t fancy, and he’s not afraid to hit the middle of the line. So, it would be imperative for guys like Matt Gould, John Bellano and Sonny Armstrong to be aware of that and clog up the middle.
Guckin is the best running back I’ve covered all year, followed by Josh Adams at Central Bucks South and Academy Park’s Jerry Lanier.
Guckin and Lanier are vastly different backs in terms of their approach.
If the Bucs can somehow contain Guckin, the same kid who rushed for back-to-back 300-yard games, I’m fairly confident they can win the game.
You can watch Guckin’s highlight video here
But if it turns into a slugfest, I don’t see how the Bucs will be able to keep up.
There is no question, though, this Archbishop Wood team is not as lethal as the 2011 squad that crushed everyone it faced on the way to winning the state title.
Something else to keep in mind is this: Wood played a woeful Public League team last week (they call it the “District 12 championship game,” you know). This week they had a bye week, while Interboro fought like hell to win the district title.
Interboro, in general, has had a much tougher road to states than Wood over the last couple weeks.