STORM LAKE - Craig Lyon and the rest of the district coaches didn't know too much about Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley when making a preseason analysis because it was a Class 2A school a year ago and making its debut in Class 3A this season.
Lyon now knows plenty about Friday night's homecoming opponent.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is for real, having lost to last year's Class 2A state champion West Lyon 21-14 in the opener and knocking off district favorite and sixth-ranked LeMars 14-13 in overtime last week.
"They play very good defense and they're very aggressive," Lyon said. "They blitz a lot and put a lot of pressure on you from tackle to tackle. Offensively, they run an unabalanced wing-T formation and they really mix it up. There's a lot of deception and play-action pass. They're a pretty salty football team."
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley will pose plenty of problems for the Tornadoes.
"Defensively, the biggest concern I have is sticking with coverage on the play-action passes," Lyon said. "That's my main concern. I feel real confident about us being able to defend their running game. For us on both sides of the ball it's execution and not making mental mistakes."
Storm Lake will have to get its offense straightened out if it wants to enjoy a homecoming victory.
"I think our main concern on offense is we have to execute better," Lyon said. "We made some silly mistakes last week that we can't make. They're mental mistakes, and we have to avoid those."
Lyon discussed the important factors of the game.
"I think for us, not giving up the big play on defense, and offensively, taking advantage of scoring opportunities," he said.