High school football: Alec McArdle has lived on an island for Brighton defense

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  • Hendy74 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    Edwards defined "shutdown corner" and used McArdle stats to define. Anyone that watched the Bingham LP game knew the passsing match-up was with Measom and Stephan. Both are well known. I used the term "in coverage" to simply state when it appeared that the two of them were in a match-up either in man coverage or when a pass was caught in the corner's zone.

  • razorback South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    I noticed the incorrect stat in Hendy's note as well although I also saw that he followed with the words "in coverage". I thought maybe he was suggesting that Landon caught only the one pass while that corner was covering him. Supposition only. Only Hendy can explain what he meant. But I can't imagine how anyone could track one individuals 'cover' plays unless that is all they watch for.

    Even if that is the case, Landon grabbed 2 more passes for 50 additional yards which counters the whole point of saying you have a 'shut-down corner'.

  • Hendy74 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    I am familiar with an Alta coach and they assumed after reviewing film that Stephan was going to shadow Richards. This is one of the changes that LP's new DC made when he took over midway through the season after the first Alta LP game. Pretty sure Alta's game plan was not to take their best receiver out of the game. A shut down corner can create havoc for an offense and that is exactly what this article is all about.

    Looked to me like Measom's 30 yard catch down the middle of the field caught LP in a Cover 3 and the safety was late over the top. It was a perfect pass and a nice catch but it was not caught in coverage on the corner. I wasn’t impressed with alot of things LP tried to do in the game but they did limit both Nichols and Measom to limited yards. LP simply could not match up well against the other 9 players on the field for Bingham. Gearig was exceptional!

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    In fact, Measom had 3 catches for 57 yards in the semi game vs LP.

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Hendy74: Measom only had 1 catch for 7 yards? I recall a long seam route that he caught for probably at least 30 yards by itself. I wasn't super impressed with the LP defense.

  • FBObserver ,
    Nov. 21, 2013 11:06 a.m.


    Chase is a good player, but the Alta Offense took Richards out of the Game. LP ran same coverage as first game & Richards was still running wide open down field (look at game replay)but Lucero was instructed to throw underneath. Had they thrown downfield, things could have gotten very interesting as Richards torced LP defense for 260 yds the first game...

  • Hendy74 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    A shutdown corner can definitely be a game changer. Lone Peak used their corner Chase Stephan this year to do the same thing. Coaches throughout the state went away from Stephan all year. I understand Stephan kept Alta's Mack Richards to two catches for 16 yards, shutdown Syracuse's Deondre Watson the week before to one catch for 6 yards and Bingham's receiver Measom to one catch for 7 yards in coverage.

    Even though Lone Peak was able to contain Measom and Nichols to limited yards, Bingham has too many weapons to cover all the bases and is extremely well coached. Dave Peck is a class act and has engineered a highly respected program year in and year out. Looking forward to seeing the Brighton/Bingham game. Two great teams and both very deserving to be in the final 5A game of the year.