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Indians look to bounce back

By Staff | Sep 5, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE – The Spirit Lake football team evidently wore down in its opener against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn last week.

Coach Josh Bolluyt said his team had a lot of players playing both offense and defense.

The statistics bear that out against the Hawks’ big line.

“In the first half, we gave up an average of 3 1/2 yards on first down,” said Bolluyt. “In the second half, we gave up an average of 8 yards on first down.”

Positives from the game, the Indians didn’t turn the ball over.

“We also didn’t have a lot of dumb mistakes,” said Bolluyt. “We’ll continue to work on our depth and get more guys some playing time.”

This week, the Indians play a Sioux Central team that lost 21-8 to Alta in their season opener.

“The coach’s son, Trevor Tiefenthaler, rushed for 160 yards and their second back, Mike Ripke, also rushed for over 100,” said Bolluyt. “They’re different than Hartley in that they’re not as dominate at the line. But we need to make sure we pursue the ball well.”

Bolluyt said Tiefenthaler is a player, who can make a big run at any time.

“Defensively we need to have great pursuit and make sure we take good angles,” he said.