Six-Man football is usually about spreading teams out, getting in space and scoring points in droves.
But if Lingleville wants to advance past the opening round in its first Six-Man Division I playoff trip in its brief three years back on the gridiron, the Cardinals will need to steal a page from the 11-man defenses they see on TV playing in the Southeastern Conference on Saturdays.
One thing's for sure - they have to stop the run.
District 9 champ Santa Anna meets the District 10 runner-up Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field in May, and the Mountaineers have one of the state's top rushing attacks.
Michael Valencia has rushed for 2,020 yards and 29 touchdowns, averaging a hair short of 16 yards per carry. When he's not dodging defenders and moving the sticks, it's Lucas Diaz taking over. Diaz has 730 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging almost 13 yards per trip. Santa Anna went 9-1 in the regular season with Valencia as a junior and Diaz a sophomore.
Valencia is the quarterback - spread back is a more accurate description in the six-man world - and has been efficient when asked to throw. He puts the ball in the air less than six times per game - the team throws the ball 8.8 times per contest - but is a 70 percent passer and has an impressive 24 touchdowns on 40 completions. He also leads the Mountaineer defense with 71 tackles.
Lingleville's only district loss came last week to Gordon, but the Cardinals won five straight before that loss. In their three years back on the gridiron, they have a record of 17-12.