CHEROKEE - Whichever offense shows up will probably be the one that determines whether Storm Lake spoils Cherokee's homecoming this Friday night.
Last week against B-H/Rock Valley, the Tornado offense was dormant in the first half in falling behind 30-0 before turning explosive and scoring 26 unanswered points, including 20 in the fourth quarter.
Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon said it can't be that way against the Braves.
"We have to get better consistency on offense," he said. "That really hurt us last week. At times we look like a million bucks and at other times we don't. We have to play four quarters of football. That's the biggest key. Which offense is going to show up?"
Cherokee is 3-1 this season, including wins over LeMars and Spencer. Storm Lake is 1-3.
"In both of those games they played real good defense," Lyon said. "That's their strong suit. In both games they returned interceptions for touchdowns, which were the winning scores."
Cherokee has a potent passing attack that features 6-foot-5 Cory Hughes as the main target.
"We always want to stop the run first, but we have to identify where Hughes is," Lyon said. "That's the guy they want to throw to, so we have to be aware of where he is on the field in our secondary coverage. We have to take away the fullback dive and the fullback off tackle. Those are their favorite plays."
The matchup has an edge for each team.
"They've got some big boys up front, but they don't match up with us speed-wise, so it's a trade-off I guess," Lyon said. "It's more a question of how well we play fundamentally and how mentally ready we are because it is Cherokee's homecoming."