It is week three of the high school football season and is searching for its first win.
The Warriors (0-2, 0-0) take the field against a familiar opponent Friday, facing Tri-Valley League foe Ashland (2-0, 0-0) at 7 p.m. on the Clockers’ field.
Ashland, a team that has struggled in recent years, is 2-0 and playing well, according to Medfield head coach Erik Ormberg.
“We expect a balanced attack,” Ormberg said. “They run and throw the ball well. Colin Daly is a playmaker at running back, they have an accurate quarterback and their offensive line gets off the ball. They are the most balanced Ashland team in years.”
Ormberg said this year’s Clockers’ squad brings a balanced attack on offense that Medfield will not overlook.
“Balance is a big strength,” Ormberg said of Ashland. “They run and pass well.”
Ashland Players to Watch:
- Colin Daly, running back
- Bo Prozinski, quarterback
- Joe Byrnes, running back
- Mekiah Lamberg, wide receiver
- David Lynch, wide receiver
The Clockers’ early success has been a result of an offense that is averaging 33.5 points per game.
“[Ashland] wide receivers are tall with good hands,” Ormberg said. “Daly is explosive in space. Quarterback is cool under pressure, does a nice job hitting wide receivers on slants and the deep ball.”
In order to disrupt the Clockers’ offense, Medfield will look to control the line of scrimmage and get after Prozinski.
“We need to be successful pressuring them off the edge,” Ormberg said. “We need to redistribute the line of scrimmage. A long sustained drive on offense that wears Ashland down will help our confidence level.”
While starting the season 0-2 can weigh on any team’s confidence, Ormberg said his Warriors are ready for Ashland.
“The kids realize the big picture,” Ormberg said. “We are still 0-0 in league play. They understand the urgency in this week's game as a stepping-stone for our next challenge in our first league game.”
While Medfield and Ashland both play in the Tri-Valley League, the two teams are in different divisions. The TVL is in its first year of a Large and Small division, with Medfield in the TVL Large and Ashland in the TVL Small. As a result, Friday’s game is not a league game.
, Medfield is focused on protecting the football this week in practice.
“Ball security was a focal point this week,” Ormberg said. “The staff and players want a win and I expect our team to battle for four quarters on Friday night.”
On what is expected to be a rainy Friday night, Ormberg said his team will be ready for the challenge.
“We are looking forward to fighting for our first win on the road,” Ormberg said.
Medfield Players to Watch:
- Ife Adebayo
- Alex Opiela
- Greg Rose
- Ryan Spillane
- Cam Donnelly
- Aaron Cohen
- Arthur D'Angelo
- Brian D'Amore