ALTON - With two of the district's preseason favorites to win the title behind them, maybe Sioux Central can catch its breath this Friday night.
The Rebels played two of the premier teams in the district the first two weeks of the season in Sentral of Fenton and Whiting. Those were both losses coach Jeff Tiefenthaler would like to forget.
Sioux Central will try for its first win Friday night when it visits Alton to take on Granville Spalding.
The Spartans won't be overlooked just because it's a break in the schedule.
"They're definitely not the type of opponent the first two were, but it's not a breather for us because every game is going to be tough," Tiefenthaler said. "
"They won last week 14-12 over Harris-Lake Park," Tiefenthaler said. "Their quarterback is a lefty and he likes to roll to his left and throw to his left. If he gets outside our defensive ends he can hurt us. We have to be aware of where he's at. He has a pretty good arm and is not afraid to throw it. They run a lot of traps and stuff. We won't have to worry about the option this week as we have the last couple of weeks."
Tiefenthaler isn't so much as worried about the Spartans as he is his own club. Turnovers and shoddy defense have played a major part in Sioux Central's two losses this season.
"We need to concentrate more on tackling people," he said. "We haven't done a good job of that. I don't know if it's because we're not strong or if it's because we faced two good teams."
"I thought we moved the ball last week," Tiefenthaler added. "But every time we got something going, we fumbled. Our quarterback has to have a little more time to throw when we decide to throw. We just need to sustain our blocks longer."
It's easy for Tiefenthaler to figure out what the key factors will be in this game after the first two games.
"Turnovers will be a key factor," he said. "Being able to tackle and stop people rather than letting them march up and down the field."
Unbeaten Aurelia takes on Remsen St. Mary's in Remsen on Saturday night. The game was moved to Saturday because of a scheduling conflict with Remsen-Union.
"They've got some really quick kids, especially that tailback (Widerholdt)," Aurelia coach Myron Radke said. "We're going to have a bigger problem with Smid. He's a good runner. They have a big line. We're going to have to block and tackle correctly because we're not going to overpower them."
"Offensively, I would love to see us balanced," Radke added. "Our backs and our passing game was so balanced last week. That's what we want so they cannot key on any one part of our offense."
"We cannot let people get outside on us on defense. We have to keep them corraled."
Last week, Aurelia knocked off Okoboji 32-21 as Heath Brecher ran for 64 yards and two short touchdown runs.
Quarterback Kasey Reilly ran for two touchdowns and threw a 20-yard TD pass to Brecher. Reilly rushed for 65 yards and Brent Kai ran for 83 yards.