EARLY - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
That golden rule will hold true this Friday night when Schaller-Crestland meets Newell-Fonda in Early.
Both teams will attempt to do the same thing - run the ball down the other's throat.
Newell-Fonda ran the ball 49 times last week against Sac City and threw only four passes. The Wildcats always think run first, pass second.
"They're a very good running team, of course. They're big, strong and fast," said Schaller-Crestland coach Dale Tokheim. I think we're going to have to be able to move the ball on offense to keep it out of their hands. We'll also have to have eight to nine guys in the box to stop their run and make them pass."
Tokheim talked about the areas his team needs to improve.
"I think we need to wrap up and tackle a little bit better," he said. "Offensively, we need to get off the ball and hold our blocks a little bit longer."
Schaller-Crestland is focusing its defensive preparations on running backs Dustin Sievers and John Witt. Sievers rushed for 151 yards last week against Sac City and Witt had 127.
"We're keying on the two backs they have and trying to stop their run," Tokheim said. "We want to try to make them pass."
"Turnovers will be a key," Tokheim said. "Whoever makes the fewest mistakes is going to have the biggest advantage."