Hubbard ready for challenge of Steubenville

An offensive show and the defeat of Indian Creek in the Division IV playoffs proved that teams need to take notice of the Hubbard Eagles.

“I feel like Saturday, we played very well as a team,” said Hubbard coach Brian Hoffman, whose team is 10-1. “We were able to get a number of guys involved offensively. I think our offensive line played very well, and our tight ends played very well last week. We were able to have some explosive plays, big plays to help to propel our momentum.”

Hubbard finished the night with 549 total yards of offense, and posted 51 points. Most of that damage was done by quarterback Davion Daniels. He finished the night as the leading rusher with 209 yards on 14 rushes and added three scores. Scoring runs of 60 yards and 87 yards highlighted Daniels’ night.

“As a senior, he brings a lot of maturity to the position,” Hoffman said, “He’s got a competitive nature about him. He is able to make plays, not only within the system, but he is able to make plays off broken plays because of his athleticism. He has done a nice job this season. He has been efficient within the passing game and making throws when we have needed him to do that. He has been very productive running the football.”

The third-seeded Eagles face the No. 2 seed Steubenville on Saturday at Boardman in a Division IV, Region 13 semifinal at 7 p.m. Steubenville comes in with a 10-1 overall record and a 10-game winning streak.

“The game plan is to be ourselves, try to prepare the best we can for our opponent, prepare for their strengths and try to game plan the best we can with our strengths,” Hoffman said.

Steubenville is strong offensively and defensively. There are several pieces that Hubbard will need to prepare for when facing the Big Red.

“Defensively, they run extremely well up front,” Hoffman said. “Their defensive lineman are very athletic. They are multiple in terms of what they are doing defensively. They play a lot of games up front, a lot of twisting and a lot of stunting with their linebackers. They have been able to apply pressure to their opponents with their front. They have guys on the back end that are able to cover people, and do a pretty good job of doing that. Overall, they have a lot of team speed, they tackle well, and they are athletic.

Going into Saturday’s Division IV regional semifinal, Hubbard’s preparation starts on the practice field.

“We are going to prepare our best this week at practice,” Hoffman said. “We’ll go out Saturday night, and try to play our best possible football game.”