Comets, Otters prepare for tough road testsPublished 9:13am Thursday, October 11, 2012
A story of two different homecoming games last week as the Fergus Falls Otters celebrated a down to the wire win over Grand Rapids, while the Comets fell to perennial rival Underwood.
After a tough homecoming loss to the Rockets, the Hillcrest Comets will look to play underdog as they travel to take on No. 1 (9-man) Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Friday evening.
“We felt like we were competitive even though clearly defeated,” Comet coach Charlie Brue said. “We need to play mistake-free ball to compete with these state-ranked opponents.”
The Wolverines average more than 56 points per game and dominated last season’s state runner-up Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 30-12.
Hillcrest will need to establish their ground attack early and keep the ball out of the hands of the explosive C-G-B offense.
Depending on the conditions, expect Comet quarterback Dalton Tostenson to air it out if the Wolverine defense attempts to stop running back Theo Taylor.
The Comets have been able to avoid the injury bug most of the season and should be at full strength when they take the field.
“The season has gone too fast. We hope our QRF standing at the end of the regular season reflects accurately with our tough schedule,” Brue added.
The Otters pushed through a windy and cold game at Kennedy Secondary football field as they defeated the Thunderhawks 14-6.
This week the Otters will take on a hungry St. Michael-Albertville team that is coming off a big 31-20 win over Brainerd.
This is the first time the Knights have played the Otters since derailing the Fergus in the state tournament in 2008.
Expect a steady dose of running from Otter running back Walker Heinen as the back looks to add to his magnificent 1,000 yard season.
The Otter currently sit on top of the Central Lakes Conference with a 4-0 record in the CLC.
Both games begin at 7 p.m. at their respected opponents fields.