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Newell-Fonda faces ranked team

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Difficult test

Newell-Fonda's secondary will get a break this week, but not it's football team.

For the third time in the last six weeks, Newell-Fonda will be facing a ranked team.

The Mustangs travel to face 10th-ranked Hinton, which is 5-1 overall. Newell-Fonda brings a 4-2 record into the matchup.

Unlike the last two games, the Mustangs won't have to worry about defending the pass against the Blackhawks.

"They're big up front and they like to run the football out of that double wing," Newell-Fonda coach Brian Wilken said. "They've got good size and speed in the backfield with their two wing backs. Their quarterback is athletic and will cause a lot of defenses some trouble."

"They do a good job of running the football," Wilken added. "They're going to run, run, run, run and not deviate from it. They're backs have good size and speed and they get behind that big offensive line. They keep the ball away from the other team's offense."

Hinton's defense is just as impressive as its offense.

"Defensively, they're going to be big and physical and get after you," Wilken said. "They have good athletes back there on defense and they're going to allow their linebackers to run and make tackles."

To be successful on defense, Newell-Fonda will have to make Hinton do what it doesn't want to do - pass the ball.

"We've got to stop the run and we've got to force them into something that they're not accustomed to doing," Wilken said. "That's going to be a huge key for us ... whether or not we're able to stop the run. We're going to have to be physical at the point of attack and tackle well. If we don't tackle well, we're not going to be able to stop their run. We have to get a lot of people to the football."

Ironically, the Mustangs want to do the same thing on offense that the Blackhawks want to do.

"We want to keep the football out of their hands and run the football and match physicalness with physicalness," Wilken said. "They can score a lot of points. We want to outblock them and be able to run."

Mistakes will ultimately determine the winner.

"The turnovers thing will be huge again," Wilken said. "These types of games you can't make mistakes and expect to win. You have to value the football. We can't turn the football over and give them a short field."

Schaller-Crestland plays host to Kingsley-Pierson on Friday night in Early.

Even though the Panthers are 1-5 overall, Schaller-Crestland coach Doug Davidson was impressed.

"They've been in a lot of games it looks like," he said. "They played LeMars Gehlen very tough. I think they're playing a lot better than they were last year. They have five or six returnees on either side of the ball and they aren't scared to take chances."

Davidson gave a scouting report on the Panthers.

"Offensively, it looks like they have a little bit of size and quickness," he said. "They can throw the ball and they can run the ball effectively."

"Defensively, they look fairly tough against the run," Davidson added. "They gave up some passes. They have some size up front in the middle and have some kids that'll hit you when given the chance."

Schaller-Crestland's offensive game plan calls for re-establishing the running game.

"We're going to try to establish both the run and the pass and use one to set up the other," Davidson said. "We don't want to go to just one thing. We want to distribute the ball and see if we can gain a few more yards on the ground than the last game. We want to get back to moving the ball on the ground, but we will certainly put it in the air at times, too."

Kingsley-Pierson's offensive system will cause some problems for the Wildcats' defense.

"We saw them out of about four different sets and they had people all over the place in formations," Davidson said. "The defensive backs are going to have to do more work as far as coverages are concerned. We haven't seen a team that has attempted a lot of passes lately, so we'll have to work on that more. They threw it up quite often. On the line, we need to maintain the line of scrimmage, stay low and stuff the run, and make them throw the ball."

Davidson listed three keys to winning the football game for the Wildcats.

"Two weeks ago we had no turnovers and won the game and last week we had three and lost, so that tells you right there," he said. "We need to keep possession of the ball and also converting when we get the ball inside the 20. We have to convert for points. We also need to keep the penalties at a minimum."

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