STORM LAKE - The big play haunted Storm Lake on defense last week. On offense, a penalty or missed blocking assignment was the Tornadoes' Achilles heel.
Storm Lake will hope to have those problems ironed out Friday night when Spencer comes to town for a district game at Tornado Stadium.
Storm Lake coach Craig Lyon addressed the Tornadoes' problems in last week's 53-32 loss to Sheldon.
"We've got to tackle better than last week," he said. "I think that's evident. We have to play with intensity and be a little emotional. The big play has to be eliminated. Where we've gotten in trouble is we'd play good defense, then all of a sudden ... bam."
"Offensively, we'd have three or four good plays and then have a penalty or miss a block," Lyon added. "We just need consistency."
Lyon assessed Spencer on both sides of the ball.
"Offensively, they're a really good running team," he said. "They have three good running backs. They're a power football running team. I think they're second in the district in rushing offense. They like to run from tackle to tackle and just pound away at you."
"They play real good run defense," Lyon added. "They're pretty good up front. That's where their strength is. I think we'd just like to have a good, balanced offense again. Last week, we had 207 yards passing and 205 rushing. That's what we'd really like this week."
Lyon talked about the important factors to win.
"Whoever controls the line of scrimmage is really going to have the upper hand," he said. "We've got to stop the tackle to tackle run. That's our goal."