The Velma-Alma Comets have faced highly-touted and ranked teams in Class A on the football field and disposed of all of their foes on the way to a 10-0 regular season.

If the Comets want to win a state championship, they have to stay perfect.

Velma-Alma will host Dibble Friday night at Jerb Bryant Stadium-Edgar Martin Field in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Demons are a team that is in its first season of 11-man football this decade, and has come up with a 7-3 mark.

“They have a good quarterback and a good wide receiver,” V-A head coach Greg Gothard said of Dibble. “Those two cats have good speed. The wide receiver is a pretty good-sized young man, and the quarterback is a 6-foot-looking athlete.

“In the games they win they are just out-athleteing people. They get to the corner and outrun people and then they throw it up to the wide receiver.”

The Demons won’t be trying any power running games with the Comets.

“They run a little bit inside, but it is more of an edge attack,” said Gothard. “They try to get more people on one side and try to get hat-on-hat and try to outrun you the rest of the way.”

The Comets’ defense will have to be aware of trick plays, too.

“They run a lot of trick plays, and that keeps your defense honest,” Gothard said. “You have to keep some people at home.”

Dibble isn’t unlike a team that Velma-Alma played earlier in the season, Gothard said.

“They are a lot like Healdton,” he said. “I don’t think the quarterback throws the ball as well as the Healdton kid, but they are pretty similar.”

On defense, Dibble won’t be like anything that V-A has seen this season. The Demons run multiple formations.

“They run out of a four-man front,” Gothard said. “They are going to blitz a lot of people. You probably aren’t going to see them run the same thing two plays in a row, which puts a strain on the offensive line.”

As has been the case, Velma-Alma’s offensive line has been out-sized in most games, and the outing against Dibble won’t be an exception.

“They have some size. They have a kid that doesn’t play all the time. He is 6-5 350,” Gothard said. “They have a kid that starts both ways that is 6-3 295 and they have one or two that are in the 260-pound range.

Gothard said that he thinks about the size differential in his offensive line and the opponent’s side after games.

“I think about it after some games when we are shaking hands with the other team. It just makes me appreciate our guys even more, because I’m thinking there is no way we can go toe-to-toe with these guys,” Gothard said. “And were doing it and doing it well. It just shows you the size of the heart these guys are playing with.”

Velma-Alma is ranked in the Top 5 of several Class A polls, and Gothard has been trying to keep his team focused on the here-and-now.

“The bottom line is that if you take a week off this time of year, you’re going to be at the house,” Gothard said. “Hopefully, we’ve covered all that. Monday, along with our regular scouting report, we talked about the things that we need to be taking care of so that we can hopefully make it where we want to go. Yeah, we won our district, and yes we’re playing a fourth-place team, but somewhere a fourth-place team is going to win. We just don’t want it to be us.”

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