Few high school defensive players have wreaked as much havoc this fall as Plant’s James Wilder, one of the state’s truly elite ends. Entering Friday’s Class 5A final against Bradenton Manatee, Wilder (also a talented RB) has 125 total tackles with 17 sacks.
How do you block this guy?
For the answer, we asked Countryside OT Tyler Moore, a Nebraska commit who had a good amount of success against Wilder in a recent playoff loss to the Panthers. Here’s what he said opposing linemen must do to keep the talented 6-foot-3, 220-pounder at bay:
- “One of the main things is to make sure you get a hat on him because he’s so quick. Even when he’s on the backside of a play, he’ll track people down.”
- “Be ready to hit him because he’s a big guy and he’s not a pushover. He’ll move you out of the way when he’s getting to the ball.”
- “On pass blocking, be ready. He’s really quick. And he’s also really strong. Be ready to move your feet because he can run by you any time he wants to. You’ve got to be quick.”
- “On run blocking, once you hit him, keep going, keep moving your feet. He’s not real good at shedding blocks.”