Game of the Week: Three items to watch between Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian and Gregory

Gregory's Jordan Vosika (24) carries the ball against Burke on Aug. 28 in Gregory.

When/Where: 7 p.m. today in Gregory.

Coaches: Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian’s Marshall Faulkner; Gregory’s John King

Last year: The Gorillas won last year’s meeting, 64-14.

Records: Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian is 2-0; Gregory is 2-0.

Here are three items to watch for in tonight’s Daily Republic Game of the Week between Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian and Gregory:


Speed matchup

The teams rely on their speed and that’s got both coaches’ attention.

The Gorillas put up 38 points and received 150 passing yards from Coy Determan last week. Gregory also received 125 rushing yards from Jordan Vosika.

“I think we both have a lot of speed,” TDAACDC coach Marshall Faulkner said. “I am thinking that’s kind of where it’s going to be won and lost, but I think we both matchup well with one another.”

The Thunderhawks received 183 passing yards and two touchdown passes from Cade Faulkner last week. Nolan Blackcloud added 11 receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

“They run a balanced offensive attack and have big playmakers,” Gregory coach John King said. “We have to be disciplined and play solid in all three areas of the game.”

Keys to the game

With so much speed on the field, both coaches said playing sound football will be key in the matchup.

“They’ve got three, four, five guys that touch the football and they are all pretty good in space,” Faulkner said. “You are going to have to make those open field tackles or at least get a hold and wait for some help.”

King noted how the Thunderhawks have improved in Faulkner’s first year as head coach. He points out their balanced attack on offense.


“We are going to have our hands full and we are going to have to be ready to play each and every down,” King said. “I think coach Faulkner has done a really good job with them. They run a balanced attack, defensively they are aggressive and we have to be ready to play each and every down.”

Players to watch

The matchup features a pair of dynamic quarterbacks. Determan finished with 193 passing yards and two touchdowns in Gregory’s opener. The Gorillas finished with 335 yards and 19 first downs.

“Coy does a really nice job for us,” King said. “He’s a dual-threat quarterback, which is really important. He creates a lot of things by running the ball, but he can also throw the deep ball which makes him a threat and he’s a good leader. He just does a real nice job for us.”

On the other sideline, Faulkner added 116 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Thunderhawks’ opener on Aug. 21.

“He’s asked to do a lot, but he’s grown as a starter this year,” coach Faulkner said. “He started as a freshman, obviously a lot of learning curves and still learning yet obviously. I think he’s got seven total touchdowns in two games. He’s kind of started off each game with a big run.”

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