SPIRIT LAKE - It may seem like Friday night's game at Spirit Lake Park isn't all that important for Storm Lake, which is 1-7 and finishing up the slate.
Think again. A victory could do wonders for the Tornadoes.
"With all the games that we've been close in - and there have been a lot of them - it would do a lot for the winner to come out on top in this game," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said.
Spirit Lake Park is 1-5 in the district and 3-5 overall. The Indians beat MOC-Floyd Valley, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Estherville this season.
Lyon assessed Spirit Lake's offense and defense.
"They have a good offense," he said. "It centers around the quarterback (Ryan Norman). He's a good runner and a very good athlete. I think he's third in the district in rushing. Their main running back is Tyler Hinkeldey. He's a big kid and a hard runner. With Hinkeldey and Norman, they have a good 1-2 punch on offense."
"They've got some big kids up front on defense, but they've also been having some trouble stopping the run," Lyon added. "We're still going to try to run the option and play-action pass and get the balance of run and pass. That's how we do things. The last game of the year you're not going to change a lot."
Lyon talked about the important factors for Storm Lake to win its final game.
"I think what will be important for us is to control the ball and keep their offense off the field and take advantage of scoring opportunities," he said. "How well we control the ball and keep them off the field will be a real key. We want to limit the number of times Norman can run the option."