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Q&A with North Marion coach Craig Damon

Four questions with Colts coach Craig Damon, a 1987 North Marion graduate

Having seen Pasco on tape, how do you feel you match up with the Pirates?

"We have to play our best game. They look real good on film. That No. 1 (tailback Jamall Haynes), he can run. And No. 15 (Jamaal Sampson), it looks like he's been playing the last few games and he's great as well. Their quarterback (D.J. Clower), he's a big, rangy guy, has a big arm, is mobile. … Defensively, man, they get to the football."

Tell us about your tailback, Eddie Rocker (155 carries, 1,365 yards).

"He pulled his hamstring in the fall (preseason) classic vs. Lake Weir and missed the first four games. But since he's come back he's been right where we thought he would be. He's been a great leader for us."

How do you feel you match up with Pasco in the trenches?

"Our offensive line has done pretty well, but again, it's just the quickness (of Pasco). When you get to this level, the game is won in the trenches. … We've got some pretty big guys up front offensively, I just hope those guys aren't as fast as they look on film."

You've been to this round of the playoffs the past three years. Do you feel that playoff experience will give you an edge?

"When you play on the road, no. Someone else's home stadium, you can throw out experience, everything else. It's like I told our guys, it don't matter what you did last year. We're going to have to play our best game."

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Q&A with North Marion coach Craig Damon 12/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:54pm]
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