“I think they want to run, but they can do both well,” Brown said. “They have dangerous athletes that can do some things. Defensively, it’s going to be a challenge.”
Spencer Mays leads the Carlisle defense with three fumble recoveries and an interception, while Reece Human accounts for 3.5 sacks.
The Indians boast one of the most productive offenses in the league, averaging 327.1 yards per game with Ridge Reed accounting for 1,088 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground and D.J. Chambers (328 yards rushing, four touchdowns) and Zayne Hart (255 yards rushing, three touchdowns) also stepping up.
Quarterback Jake Moore has just 244 yards passing and five touchdowns with one interception.
“If Ridge Reed was their only good running back, he would be the focus, but they have other weapons,” Milton-Union coach Mark Lane said. “If you focus on stopping him, they will hurt you in other spots, so we are working on defending their offense.”
Lane said his defense has been strong against the run this season, but the Bulldogs haven’t faced a back like Reed. If they can force Carlisle to pass, Lane is confident in his secondary, which is led by William Morris’ four interceptions.
Carlisle also has momentum on its side, entering on a five-game win streak following two 30-27 defeats to open the season. Milton-Union is coming off a 28-19 loss to Brookville last week. The Indians last won a division title in 2013, and the Bulldogs shared a title with them in 2012.
“It’s definitely a big game,” Lane said. “It’s the two teams on top of the conference, so everyone knows what’s on top of the line. It should be a good matchup.”
What: Milton-Union (5-2, 3-0 SWBL Buckeye) at Carlisle (5-2, 4-0 SWBL Buckeye), 7 p.m.
Where: Laughlin Field, 250 Jamaica Road, Carlisle
Last meeting: Milton-Union won 28-7 in 2015