BUFFALO CENTER - Dale Tokheim is frustrated by the mistakes his team is making. Last week, they cost his Schaller-Crestland team in a 7-6 loss to Sac City.
The Wildcats can't make those mistakes on Friday night when they face North Iowa.
"We need to execute our offense a little bit better running and passing, Tokheim said. "We had a lot of mistakes or missed assignments that really stopped our drives. We need to cut down on the penalties in particular. I'd like to control the ball to keep it out of their offense's hands because of their size and being able to pound the ball."
"I think it will be a fairly close game again," he said. "Whoever makes the fewest mistakes will have the advantage again - whether that be penalties or turnovers."
Tokheim gave a scouting report on North Iowa.
"They're a fairly big team," he said. "They run a power game offensively. They're a very good ballclub. They run a 5-3 or 6-2 on defense, so they have eight guys in the box. With their size, they're going to try to stop the run."
The Wildcats are focused on stopping the run on defense.
"We're looking to stop their run and try to make them pass," he said. "We'll have eight guys in the box and sometimes nine. They are bigger than we are, so we'll have to be aggressive. They have a 210-pound tailback who is fast, and they run a wishbone with a lot of off-tackle plays."
"I think everybody needs to take care of their assignments. We have some people not getting to their gaps. We need to gang-tackle and pursue."
Offensively, the Wildcats may have to make a few changes.
"With their size, we might have to run a few more pitches or counters to keep them at home and maybe spread the ball around a little more than what we have offensively," Tokheim said.