Tornadoes go after win No. 2
Bill McCabe is worried about overconfidence. That hardly makes sense when you're team is 1-6.
But it's true. The Storm Lake coach's team is going up against a Spirit Lake team that hasn't won a game in seven tries this season, and hasn't exactly earned any style points, either.
"My biggest concern is our kids become overconfident," McCabe said. "That may sound strange for a 1-6 team, but that's my biggest fear this week."
This is a rare opportunity for both teams to get a win. Both teams are a combined 1-13. If Storm Lake doesn't want to be the one bright spot in the Indians' season, they have to get off to a good start.
"They haven't won a game yet and I think it's a game that we can win, but we have to get on top of them right away," McCabe said. "They look at our record and we've only won one and they think they've got a chance, so they'll be fired up. We have to get up on them right away and not let them hang around. That would be to our advantage."
McCabe gave a scouting report on the Indians.
"They're kind of balanced between the pass and the run, so we have to work on reading our keys and be smart in our coverage," he said. "They were behind in all the games I watched, so they were forced to throw."
"Defensively, they're pretty aggressive," McCabe added. "They blitzed a lot and they move people around a lot. They weren't standing in the same spot."
Storm Lake has been working this week on blocking technique so they can run the ball more effectively.
"Hopefully, we can run the ball with consistency ... kind of like we did against Humboldt," McCabe said. "We need to block better. We've been spending a little more extra time on blocking with our receivers and backs and linemen."
McCabe talked about what's going to be important for the Tornadoes.
"I think it will be getting off to a good start," he said. "The longer they're in the ballgame the tougher it's going to be for us. We have to come out and show them that we can stop them."
"They're going to be fired up because of our record, so the longer they're in the game the more effort they're going to give."
"If we get ahead we're going to have to take away their pass," McCabe added. "We have to put pressure on the quarterback."