Even for someone who has been in the coaching profession for 50 years, the 2019 football season seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye.
“It flew by and I guess that’s a good thing,” St. Charles coach Frank Monica said. “When you have some success during the year, it seems to go by faster. If not, you kind of drag around and look forward to the end.”
With an 8-1 overall record, being on the cusp of yet another district title, and ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, the Comets certainly aren’t looking forward to the end.
The Comets host Cohen, which is 1-7 overall and 1-2 in district, before getting an opening-round bye in the Division III playoffs.
“Hopefully, we get a win and we can go into the open week and go back to some of the fundamentals,” said Monica.
“They run a spread-type offense with the power and the power sweep that a lot of people run. They are not real fancy. You know what they run. They are pretty physical,” Monica said.
Cohen utilizes Clay Essex, Clifford Washington and Daniel Stevenson in the backfield at the same time.
Like most of the running backs, quarterback Jaylon Ruth also sees action on defense.
Although the Green Hornets are looking to run the ball, Ruth has a pair of big targets to throw to in 6-foot Jaymor Stevenson and 6-foot-5 Nashon Williams.
Cohen runs a ‘Bear’ defense that was popularized by Chicago’s NFL team in the 1980s.
“They isolate the center and they put two guys over the two guards and it negates some of the things you can do,” Monica explained.
Washington, Monica said, is the Green Hornets’ top player on defense at linebacker.
“They play a lot of man coverage with Antonio Rochez and Jaylon Rush,” said Monica.
Another top defender is nose guard Jude Mouton.
The focus St. Charles in Week 10, Monica said, is not so much on Cohen as it is on the Comets.
“It’s more about the Comets and how we handle this thing and not so much about Cohen. I think there is another level we can play to,” the St. Charles coach said.