Blair Hoffman has already had an outstanding season for the Dighton Hornets.
The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,249 yards and 31 touchdowns — and just two picks — while running for 619 more and seven scores.
But to continue that season, Hoffman has to help his Hornets (7-2) down visiting Northern Valley (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Dighton in the second round of the 8-man, Division II playoffs.
“He means a ton," Dighton head coach Ken Simon said Thursday of Hoffman. "We want to stay fairly balanced on offense, and he’s able to do that for us. He’s made tremendous decisions throwing the football so far for us.”
Hoffman is helped out on the ground by his twin brother Dalton Hoffman, who is averaging 7.6 yards per carry, racking up 658 yards and eight scores. Blair Hoffman's favorite target through the air is David Cramer, who has 42 catches for 749 yards and 17 scores.
That trio has led the Hornets to average 44.4 points per game.
Even more impressive at the 8-man level, however, is the 16.7 points per game they are allowing. That’s the fourth-fewest points any 8-man, Division II team is allowing per game this season.
“Our linebacker play, David Kramer especially, has been extremely impressive," Simon said. "He’s only 160 pounds, but he’s quick and reads the offense well.
"We just play good team defense. We do bend a little bit, but we try not to give up the big, explosive plays.”
They’ll have to be on top of their game Friday against Northern Valley, which is scoring 44.0 points per game.
“They have a very, very good run game," Simon said. "They average 270-plus on the ground each game. We’re going to have to be really tough up front and try to win the line of scrimmage.”
The Huskies are led by a trip of rushers, in quarterback Nick Stutsman (747 yards, 8 TDs), and Caden Bach (717 yds, 19 TDs) and Aidan Baird (664 yds, 12 TDs).