"We've seen a version of [the double wing formation] for the two weeks prior to Saturday," said Shell. "It kind of prepared us " as much as it can prepare you " to go up there and face that offense."
As good as the defense has played, the offense has been playing even better for BH-BL. Running backs Evan Nusbaum and Brandon Beatty have combined to rush for more than 700 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first three games, and receiver-turned-quarterback Keaton Flint has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the past two games.
"We have some young kids on the [offensive] line and some new starters, and they've been learning very quickly," said Shell. "And our [running] backs have been running the ball well."
Beatty and Nusbaum both had big games against Queensbury. Beatty rushed for more than 140 yards and two touchdowns " one of which went for 84 yards " while Nusbaum contributed 106 yards and three scoring runs, plus seven extra point kicks. Nusbaum has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of BH-BL's first three games.
Flint didn't have much of an opportunity to show off his throwing arm, since he left the game late in the second quarter after suffering a chest injury in the first quarter. But one of the three times he did throw a pass, it resulted in a 40-yard touchdown pass to Corey Parks.
"We won't throw it a ton [this season], but when you can throw three passes and one of them is a touchdown, that's a nice percentage," said Shell. "As the season goes on, maybe we can throw the ball a little more. But we're running the ball really well."
Shell said he expects Flint to return to action Friday at Gloversville.
"We'll do a little with him at practice [Tuesday], and we'll do a little more with him [Wednesday]," said Shell. "We won't do a lot, but we'll make sure he's prepared."