Storm Lake could achieve that with a win over Spirit Lake.
STORM LAKE - Playing for a winning season should provide enough motivation in a game against a 1-7 football team.
Craig Lyon certainly hopes so. His Storm Lake team takes on last-place Spirit Lake on Friday night in the season finale at Tornado Stadium.
"I would hope it does," Lyon said. "We've stressed that to the kids that that's really a good reason to go out and play hard Friday night. A winning season would be good and important for the program."
"For us to get a win Friday night would be a big tribute for our seniors," Lyon added. "They've worked hard this year and it would be a good way for them to finish the year."
Spirit Lake's record may not make them look too formidable of an opponent, but Lyon has his reservations.
"They are scary," he said. "Anytime you play a team who throws the ball as much as they do, it makes you really nervous as a head coach."
Lyon assessed Spirit Lake after watching them on tape.
"Spirit Lake goes no-huddle and they try and spread people out across the field and they throw the ball all over the place," he said. "They're going to make you defend the whole field and try and take advantage of whatever they can find. They do a lot of different things out of their offense."
Storm Lake's defense must put pressure on the quarterback to be successful against it.
"We just want to make sure that we get a good pass rush," Lyon said. "If you put pressure on the quarterback then that helps out pass coverage. We have to pressure and contain him. We also want to limit their ability to run the ball. We want to take away one aspect. It's a lot easier to defend the pass when you know they have to throw."
Lyon expects Spirit Lake to gear up to stop the run on defense.
"They put eight or nine guys up on the line of scrimmage and they gang up to stop the run," he said. "They did that against Cherokee and Cherokee had success throwing the ball deep because of it. If it's there we'll take it, but our goal has always been to come out and establish the run and be able to throw off the run."
"I think we do such a good job of running and throwing that it's going to be hard for them to stop both," Lyon said.