Football Preview: The second season beginsPublished 9:55am Monday, October 21, 2013
It’s playoff time.
Teams have wiped away its regular season records, changed their cleats, watched hours of film and are now prepared for the second season.
This year, only one of the three Fergus Falls teams will be participating in post season play as the Fergus Falls Otters received the four seed and will host the Albany Huskies.
The Otters fell to the Alexandria Cardinals in a 21-14 in a game that came down to the wire.
With a short week, Head Coach Steve Olson will have to get his guys ready to roll in a short week.
“Practices are mostly mental at this time of year. Lots of film watching and then lining up new things in the game plan and walking through them. We are trying to keep their bodies fresh,” Olson said.
The Huskies will be a blast from the past-style offense as it comes out in the traditional wishbone offense. The Fergus defense will need to prepare for the quick hitting and deceptive play of the Albany offense.
The Otters will once again get a dose of the 4-4 defense as the Huskies look to attack the line of scrimmage with its linebackers.
Olson feels that the home crowd and the atmosphere of Kennedy Secondary Football Field will be a factor in favor of the Otters.
“A home game is huge for a few reasons. Number one, we always like playing in front of our home crowd and, number two, if you win at home your players get to bed a lot sooner and Wednesday can still be a productive practice day getting ready for Saturday.
The Otters will not be looking ahead as it knows that it must get it done on Tuesday if it lives to play on in the playoofs.
The Hillcrest Comets, in a must-win game, fell to the Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warriors with a 68-16 loss.
Nathan Christensen and Daniel Nersten each found the endzone for the Comets in the game.
The loss ended the Comets season with a 1-7 record.
The M State Spartans wrapped up its season with a 35-8 victory over Itasca Community College.
Sophomore runningback Hayden Zenner put up great numbers in his farewell to Spartan fans as he rushed for 21 carries and 257 yards with three touchdowns.
M State finished its season with a 0-4 record in the MCAC Southern Division and a 2-6 record overall.
The Otters will take the field at 7 p.m. Tuesday.