Despite the Storm Lake High football team's 5-2 record, coach Bill McCabe would like to see more consistency from his team.
SLHS has a potentially explosive offense both running and passing, but the Tornado coach hasn't seen his team fully utilize both at the same time.
Last week at Spirit Lake, SLHS muddled through a 22-15 overtime win at 2-5 Spirit Lake.
"We didn't play with up to our potential," McCabe said. "Friday night, we need to raise the intensity level a few notches."
The Tornadoes host Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 1-4 in district play and 1-6 overall. The win was a decision over Spirit Lake.
Storm Lake hasn't officially been eliminated from playoff contention, but they need help that seems unlikely to occur. They must win Friday and next week at Bishop Heelan and hope Spencer loses its last two games - vs. Spirit Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Considering the Tornadoes' lack of consistency, winning their last two games to finish 7-2 overall and 5-2 in district play would be as successful season and a boost for the program.
McCabe, meanwhile, isn't selling Sergeant Bluff-Luton short.
Offensively, he added, the Warriors try to attack the perimeter of defenses with their speed.
While the Tornado defense has quickness and strong athleticism, McCabe said there is always the chance for big plays if a running back gets outside of containment.
"On offense, they like to run a lot of different formations, and they have good balance between the run and the pass," McCabe said.
"They like to run a variety of things offensively, so we'll react to what they do and make adjustments as the game goes on," he added.
On defense, McCabe said, Sergeant Bluff-Luton is aggressive.
"They do some blitzing and overall, try to force mistakes from the defense."
When the Tornadoes are on offense Friday, McCabe wants to stretch the Warrior defense with some longer pass plays.
If SLHS can't keep the SB-L defense honest, they'll load up players at the line of scrimmage and attempt to stop tailback Tyson Brandt.
On defense, McCabe said, his team has to tackle better than it did against Spirit Lake.
"We missed some tackles and they went on to make big plays," the coach said.
"The key will just be playing aggressively and being more consistent on both offense and defense."'