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Newell-Fonda braces for No. 7 Galva-Holstein

Thursday, October 18, 2001

NEWELL - The tough part of the schedule continues for Newell-Fonda this week.

After facing Pomeroy-Palmer last week and coming up short, the Mustangs will entertain the seventh-ranked team in the state in Class A when Galva-Holstein pays a visit.

"They don't have many weaknesses," Newell-Fonda coach Brian Wilken said. "They're 7-0. They're a good football team. You're not 7-0 because you've played poorly. They're big and they're physical. They've got three backs that run exceptionally hard and the (Scott) Breyfogle kid is the special one because of his ability to make people miss in the open field."

"Their quarterback throws the football about as well as anybody in the district."

Wilken had just as much praise about the Pirates' defense.

"Their defense is big and physical up front," he added. "They've got linebackers who are athletic and hard-nosed and appear to love contact. In the secondary they have athletes. They're aggressive and attackers."

Newell-Fonda's defense is intent on slowing down the Pirates' running game, but more importantly, they're just looking to get healthy.

"We need to get healthy on defense," Wilken said. "We have four starters out for sure, maybe more. Whether they can play I have no idea. No. 1, we've got to play assignment football, and two, we have to have 11 people playing every play."

Newell-Fonda won't change the way it attacks opposing defense, even if it's one of the better ones around.

"It would be nice if we could get healthy on offense, too," Wilken said. "We want to run the football every week, and that's the way we'll approach it this week."

"At the same time, I think we're going to have to block exceptionally well. I'm sure they're going to put a lot of people at the line of scrimmage. We have to get on everybody and stay on them."

Wilken addressed the critical factors for his team to pull off the upset.

"We have to be able to stop their run and be able to limit their pass play," he said. "Those are two big keys ... if we're able to move the football on the ground and keep the ball away from their high-powered offense. Turnovers are always critical, and our special teams have got to come up big this week."

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