Indians open season against HMS Hawks
SPIRIT LAKE – Although playing in a new district, Spirit Lake will face a familiar non-district opponent in the first game of 2008 when Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn comes to town.
A year ago, the Hawks beat the Indians 29-7.
However HMS will face a completely different team under first-year coach Josh Bolluyt. The Indians feature 17 seniors with several returning starters.
Last year’s offense focused more on passing. This year, the Indians will try to establish the run first.
“We have a two-back offense and will try to run first, but we also have good receivers,” said Bolluyt. “We’ll do whatever it takes to move the ball.”
HMS only went 2-7 last season, but the Hawks’ coach Steve Waechter earned his 100th career victory las season.
“”We’re good buddies and they’re a well-coached team,” said Bolluyt. “They run a 5-3 defense with some 4-4 sets. “He’s done impressive things at HMS.”
Defensively, the Indians will have to be prepared for anything.
“They have team that gets the ball to a lot of different people, so you can’t key on one guy,” Bolluyt said. “They’ll use a lot of misdirection and pull guards.
“Our defense will just have to read it,” he said.
Like every other team, the Indians are anxious for the season to start.
“We worked etremely hard and we’re excited about the season,” he said.