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Aurelia seeks to wrap up playoff berth

Thursday, October 24, 2002

With a win on Friday night, Aurelia can clinch a second consecutive playoff berth.

But first the Bulldogs will have to turn in one of their better defensive efforts on the road against Charter Oak-Ute.

The Bobcats scare Aurelia coach Myron Radke.

"It's Rollie Wiebers running it, so you don't know," Radke said of the Bobcats' offense. "He does multiple sets with people in motion and occasionally they'll not have anybody split out and run right at you. They're a throwing threat all the time. You might think he's going to run it right at you and they throw. It's just scary. Our defense is really going to have to play better than they have all year."

Radke just doesn't want to see his defense give up the big play.

"Bend but not break will be our theory," he said. "They're going to get some yards, but we just cannot allow the big ones. This could be the toughest test for our secondary all year. We just don't know where they're coming from. The play-action passes will make a lot of difference in how this thing comes out."

Aurelia wants to do the opposite of Charter Oak-Ute, but if the Bobcats stuff the Bulldogs' rushing attack, a shootout could be in the making.

"We want to establish the running game," Radke said. "We want to make them stop it. We don't want to get in a passing shootout with them, but we will if we have to. It's not that we can't pass."

Radke talked about some of the important factors that will determine the outcome.

"When you can't practice special teams in this kind of weather, that makes it tough," he said. "This thing could get down to special teams ... whoever does that the best. That could be the key to it."

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