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Playoff berths on the line for Aurelia, Galva-Holstein

Friday, October 20, 2000

"I think primarily not making mistakes," he said. "It sounds like a standard answer. I think we can play with them if we don't give them the thing."

Aurelia is 6-1 and Whiting 5-2. If Whiting wins, it advances to the playoffs.

Radke assessed the opponent on both sides of the ball.

"They'll run multiple sets on offense," he said. "They throw the ball pretty well. They run the ball well. They're going to be tough to handle."

"They put a lot of people on the line of scrimmage, hopefully too many," Radke added. "We have some ideas on how to get them out of that and hopefully score some points. We're going to do some quick outs and run outside to get them off the line of scrimmage."

Aurelia's defense, meanwhile, must contain the run.

"We want to take the running game away," Radke said. "We want to make them throw. I know they have a good quarterback, but they want to run. We think we can put good pressure on their quarterback."

* Newell-Fonda will look to rebound from a tough loss when it plays at Galva-Holstein. The matchup involves playoff implications.

Galva-Holstein needs to win its remaining two games to have a chance at a Class A playoff berth. Newell-Fonda was eliminated from playoff contention last week by Pomeroy-Palmer.

"They are a great football team on both sides of the football," Newell-Fonda coach Brian Wilken said. "They haven't won the games they have because they're not a great team. Their down lineman on both sides of the ball are solid and they have backs that run extremely hard and their double wing backs complement each other very well."

The Mustangs health situation isn't good heading into the contest.

"We need to get healthy," Wilken said. "We could have up to five starters out. I know we'll have three for sure. Right now, we need to get some people healthy for us to be competitive in this game."

Tight end Brandon Kies is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

"Without Brandon Kies, that pretty much eliminates some of our pass offense," Wilken said. "We're still going to try to throw the ball ... we've got to. We've got to find a way to complete some passes without turning it over. We can't turn it over in our pass offense this week."



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