How do you stop a team that has a 400-pound running back?
The short answer: make that team pass.
That was the game plan that Colfax (Wash.)
had entering its playoff showdown on Saturday against White Swan (Wash.)
and YouTube sensation Tony Picard
, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 400 pounds.
Colfax sold out against the run, jamming the "A" and "B" gaps, eliminating any holes for Picard to exploit.
To a degree, it was what White Swan head coach Tony Bush expected, and welcomed.
"They did exactly what they wanted. They sacrificed five guys for him" Bush told MaxPreps. "They were saying, 'The big guy is not running today.' We just missed receivers and dropped some passes."
Colfax head coach Mike Morgan knew, at least somewhat, what to expect in dealing with White Swan and Picard.
Morgan told MaxPreps that Colfax faced White Swan two years ago, when Picard was a sophomore and "only weighed 350."
As a senior, Picard entered the game averaging roughly 10 carries, making him a much bigger factor to account for.
"This year, we knew how talented he was and put a lot of focus on shutting him down at the fullback spot in the wishbone," Morgan said. "We filled every gap on the front line and submarined their line every play so that when he hit the hole, he found a big pile of bodies."
Picard ran the ball only once in the first half and was largely a non-factor, except for a nice tackle on defense.
Colfax raced out to an early 15-0 lead, another factor that forced White Swan to shift from its ground game to the air.
White Swan narrowed the gap to 22-14 and forced a turnover with a minute to play to get one last shot at sending the game into overtime.
However, the Colfax defense proved to be too strong.
Still, despite his limited reps and effectiveness, Picard did enough to impress Morgan.
"He is a fine athlete and a really great young man. It was our pleasure to compete against him," Morgan said.