“We want defenses to key on all of our guys, not just one guy,” Kozak said. “We want the whole team to be able to make a big play at any time.”
Hand it to Kozak
Perhaps the best play turned in by Kozak came on the last play of the first quarter.
On Sidney’s first play from scrimmage after CV took a 7-6 lead, Kozak ran a swing pattern toward the left sideline. Vibbard threw a lateral to Kozak. Then Kozak, generously listed at 5-foot-6 on Sidney’s roster, made the risky decision to grab the ball thrown to his right shoulder with one hand. Had he dropped it, the ball would have been live because the pass was clearly backward. But Kozak grasped it with his right hand, made a defender miss and then raced 71 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown.
Sidney’s special teams unit had a rough night as CV blocked a punt, recovered an onsides kick and had a number of big kickoff returns.
“Special teams is one-third of the game and we clearly didn’t spend one-third of our time on it, and that’s the coaches’ fault,” Matthews said. “We’ll spend more time on it this week.”
There won’t be a repeat of last season’s confusing and late decision on the Section Four Class D playoff format.
Last year, the Class D quarterfinal matchups weren’t announced until three days before three of the games were played.
It’s all set this season. The top two teams in each of the three Class D divisions will qualify for the playoffs. Another two teams will make it based on a playoff points system. The three division winners will be seeded 1-3 based on the points system, and the second-place teams will be seeded 4-6.