AURELIA - By listening to Myron Radke talk, you'd think his team was the underdog.
Radke's Aurelia team enters a game against Charter Oak-Ute unbeaten at 5-0 and ranked third in the state in eight-man.
While the record and ranking are nice, it doesn't make Radke feel at ease.
"This game scares me," he said. "When you're undefeated everybody wants you. We're the hunted."
Radke has gathered a few thoughts on his opponent.
"They have good size and good speed," he said. "They're playing really good football. They're rugged and they come hit you."
Radke is fearful of Charter Oak-Ute's running game.
"We have to stop their running game," he said. "It just scares me to death. We have to make sure they don't hammer at us up the middle. If they do that we're in big trouble. We've got to make them pop outside. If we don't, it'll be a long haul."
"They'll run out of the I or the pro set," Radke continued. "They like the option and their fullback is a big, strong kid. He got a ton of yards last week. Their tailback's quick, too. We can't just key on the fullback."
Charter Oak-Ute isn't as strong defensively.
Charter Oak-Ute will pose problems for Aurelia, but Radke hopes to counter with his depth.
"The biggest problem we're going to have is stopping them," he said. "We have some more depth, so we'll be using them more. We have to have fresh people out there as much as we can."
It's going to come down to special teams," Radke added. "Somebody's going to make something happen on special teams."
Sioux Central takes on Harris-Lake Park in a battle of winless teams. Sioux Central quarterback Kyle Rehnstrom is questionable for the game because of a concussion.
"Harris-Lake Park likes to run," coach Jeff Tiefenthaler said. "They don't option much. They don't throw the ball very much. I'm concerned about stopping their running game and putting them in a passing situation. Teams have been able to do pretty much what they want against our defense."
"Our special teams has got to start playing a little bit better," Tiefenthaler added. "We're just going to try to move the ball around to different people on offense. I think we can run outside on them, so we're going to try to do that. It all depends on whether Kyle plays."