INSIDE THE CHSFL: Only 'AAA' teams remain in 'AA' playoffs
Last Updated: 2:45 AM, November 9, 2011
Posted: 2:06 AM, November 9, 2011
Or, in this case, all ‘AAA.’
Step’s Garfield excelling at DE: Defensive end may not be Garfield Heslop position at the next level, but the decision to move the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior there has paid dividends for Arcbishop Stepinac.
“He is one of those guys coming of the edge he is going to give people all he can handle,” Crusaders coach Mike O’Donnell said. “He is so quick. He is so hard to mark.”
Heslop, who O’Donnell sees as a strong safety or linebacker in college, began the season at outside linebacker and did well against spread offenses similar to Stepinac’s but struggled against others. He played some defensive end last season behind Donnie Simmons, who is now at Syracuse.
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The move that happened prior to a Week 6 game against Holy Cross allowed Garfield to use his athletic talents and keep teams from doubling Austin Taps, the team’s premier pass rusher.
“It’s great to have him on the other side of me at defensive end,” Taps said. “He kind of reminds me of Donnie that way he plays. He is fast off the ball.”
Added Garfield: “That’s a big difference. Austin is always causing pressure. They can’t worry about [just] one side. We keep it balanced. We are strong at both sides.”
He collected two of his five sacks in a CHSFL quarterfinal win over Holy Cross last week and Taps added two of his own. Garfield has 61 tackles this season and has helped flush opposing quarterbacks out of the pocket. O’Donnell believes if he gains some weight he could have a shot to play defensive end at the next level.
“When we moved him to defensive end the pressure he brings he doesn’t have to think about,” O’Donnell said. “It’s more natural.”