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Spencer defense to give SL tough test

Thursday, October 18, 2001

Spencer gave up some big plays on defense in that game, so the Tigers' defense will have something to prove when they meet Storm Lake on Friday night in Spencer.

Spencer is second in the district in total defense. They were first until last week.

"They play very good team defense," Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said. "They are second in the district in total defense and their defense is really been their strong suit all year long. They're only giving up 114 yards a game rushing. They don't give up much on the ground."

"Last week was just a case of LeMars broke some big plays against them, which nobody else has done all year," Lyon added.

Will Storm Lake need to do that in order to have a chance to win the game?

"I don't think so," Lyon said. "If we just play our game offensively ... keep a balanced offensive attack and control the ball, I think we'll be fine."

Despite Spencer's forte being run defense, Lyon won't throw the ball any more than usual.

"We still want to be able to establish the run because I think establishing the run opens up the pass," he said. "They played Spirit Lake, which throws the ball a lot. They played Cherokee, so they've played the passing teams in the district."

Spencer will use a 50-50 mix of run and pass on offense.

"They mix it up and they show you about four different formations," Lyon said. "They're pretty balanced between the run and the pass. It's not a situation where you can focus on stopping one or the other."

Mistakes and execution will be critical for Storm Lake.

"For us, turnovers will be huge," Lyon said. "We need to take care of the ball. The other thing is we really have to have a good offensive night. You've got to do well against a good defensive team and execute well and take care of the chances you get to score."

"Defensively, not giving up the big play will be important," Lyon added. "I think we're a good defensive team when we don't do that."

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