Maize South wanted to utilize senior quarterback Korie Frausto’s big-play ability this season by planning for scoring drives of six to eight plays.
It made sense because Frausto can beat teams through the air or running. He leads the AV-CTL II in rushing (938 yards on 97 carries) and is second in passing (838 yards, 53 of 90).
But Maize South coach Brent Pfeiffer had to make an adjustment due to the defense, which has given up a program-high 173 points.
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“We’ve had to come together a little more this year and not rely so much on defense to give us a chance to win,” he said. “We were looking at, let’s move it at six to eight (plays), but now we’re looking at 12 to 15 plays.
“We’ve tried to change a little bit what we’re trying to do and keep the offense on the field. Getting a lot more first downs is important to us.”
Maize South’s defense has been outstanding in the program’s young history. The Mavericks, which started playing in the AV-CTL in 2010, gave up an average of 16.1 points in each of the first two regular seasons, even as they finished a combined 9-9.
In 2012, the Mavericks gave up 89 points in nine games and 74 in 2013. Take away the 77 points given up in losses to Carroll and Holton in 2014, and Maize South allowed 90 points in seven regular-season games.
Maize South (5-1) has been faced with a variety of offenses, as well. The Mavericks have gone from facing the wishbone (Holton) to a flexbone (Eisenhower) to a team that passes about 70 times per game (Coweta, Okla.).
The Mavericks have also battled inexperience.
“We’ve had to move some guys around,” Pfeiffer said. “This year we’ve had some kid working in a spot for a few weeks, and then ask someone else to take a shot at it.
“One who has bounced over from offense and is now helping defensive is Jordan Maxson, a junior. He has stepped in and given us a little more size, a little more speed at the linebacker position in the middle of the field. It’s an area that people have been focusing on with us.”