Football Preview: One more for the roadPublished 10:12am Tuesday, October 15, 2013
In their final regular season games, the Fergus Falls Otters, Hillcrest Comets and M State Spartans will all travel to take on its opponents.
The Otters, coming off a 14-7 win over Grand Rapids, will take on the 1-6 Alexandria Cardinal team in a Central Lakes Conference battle.
“Its hard to believe they only have one win,” Otter coach Steve Olson said of the Cardinals.
Alexandria and Fergus have had comparable schedules, tough opponents week-in and week-out, but Olson knows that the Cardinals are a threat in all three facets of the game and will look to have his team ready in the short week.
The Cardinals are a base 4-3, Cover 2 team on defense, forcing the Otters to work the middle of the field through the air.
Fergus’ defense will need to be prepared for a spread-style offense as Alexandria will use short passes and a deceptive running game to force its visitor to make mistakes.
Coach Olson will look to finish the season off with a win, but is very proud of how his players have worked throughout the season. “Proud of how we have battled throughout a tough schedule and put ourselves in a position to get a home playoff game.”
The Comets are trying to get over a rough loss to Hancock last Friday that saw the Owls score a first quarter touchdown and hold the home team for the rest of the evening.
Hillcrest will look to upset a perennial 9-man powerhouse in the Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warriors, a team that has suffered its only loss to No. 1 ranked Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
“Wheaton is a tough, physical team that will run the ball relentlessy,” Comet coach Charlie Brue said. “We will have to stop some drives and score when we have the chance.”
The Warriors’ Carter Thiel, Paul Berger, Cameron Maudal and Jesse Gallagher all pose a offensive threat as Wheaton has shown proficiency in both the run game and through the air.
Defensively, the Warriors have allowed a touchodwn in each of its games, but with one exception, Wheaton has possessed a double digit win in each game.
Coach Brue and the Comets will treat this game as if it were a playoff game.
The Spartans, who fell to Minnesota West 27-7 in its final home game of the season, will once again be on the outside looking in as a 1-6 record has eliminated them from playoff contention.
M State will hope to carry over promise into next year as it travels to take on the Itasca CC Vikings in its final game of the year.
The Vikings, under new head coach Tom Inforzato, are still in search of its first win of the season and hope to finish its season with a win in front of a home crowd.
The Spartans will have to reestablish its ground presence against the five-man defensive front of the Vikings and use a short passing game to move the sticks.
The Spartans defense improved last game, but will need to play its best football of the year in order to give M State a fond farewell to the year.
The Comets will play at 3:30 p.m and the Otters will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Spartans will close out its season at 2 p.m. Thursday.