STORM LAKE - Perhaps last Friday night was an aberration. Craig Lyon called it a mental holiday.
Whatever the case, Lyon doesn't want to see it any more.
Storm Lake's season opener was spoiled to the tune of 48-20 by Denison-Schleswig last week, but the Tornadoes can right the ship this Friday night when they host Humboldt at Tornado Stadium.
Storm Lake allowed 239 rushing yards - 171 by Ryan Frehse - and 112 passing yards.
"Defensively, we have to do things right that we didn't do right last Friday - and that's all 11 guys," Lyon said. "We can't take a mental holiday like we did last week."
"We have to execute better, whether we're throwing it or running it," Lyon added. "We just made so many correctable mistakes. We're just looking for overall improvement."
Humboldt lost its opener 45-0 to Eagle Grove last week, but that was misleading. The Wildcats played the game without their starting quarterback.
"Eagle Grove did a good job of stopping them, but the one thing that hurt was Humboldt's quarterback didn't play," Lyon said. "I think that affected them. They just weren't real smooth."
Jordan Beebe, however, will be doing the signal-calling this Friday night. Lyon liked what he saw of the Wildcats on videotape.
"They're very aggressive on defense," he said. "They don't have a lot of speed in their skill positions, but their front players I thought were very aggressive and very quick off the ball."
Lyon would like to see his team do that in this game.
"I think we have to be a much more aggressive football team offensively and defensively," he said. "We have to play the way we're capable of playing."
Storm Lake would like to utilize a balanced mix of run and pass on offense, although the numbers didn't reflect that last week. The Tornadoes ran the ball 42 times and passed it 11.
Jeff DeHaan was the leading rusher with 97 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.
Despite being routed, Humboldt impressed Lyon in another way.
"The way they hustled the whole game, no matter what the score was," he said. "They played hard the whole game even when the outcome was decided."