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Spirit Lake opens district play against 2007 playoff team

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake has been its own enemy in its losses to start the 2008 football season.

According to coach Josh Bolluyt, the Indians have been able to move the ball, but haven’t finished the drives.

“We had over 200 yards in each game,” he said. “Last week we had one score called back because of a penalty. We haven’t been able to finish drives.”

This week Spirit Lake begins district play against a playoff team from a year ago-Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

Bolluyt said the Nighthawks have a lot of experience on both offense and defense.

“They like to throw 20-25 times per game and have four and five wide receiver sets,” he said. “Their quarterback is a good athlete and they also have a good running back, but they don’t use him as much.”

Part of the reason the Nighthawks go to the air is they have two 6-foot-8 wide receivers.

“They cause some matchup problems,” said Bolluyt. “Also, their quarterback is 6-3, 190-pounds and he’s started since he was a freshman. It shows-he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

However, the Indians won’t have make many adjustments defensively with a 3-5 set-three lineman and five linebackers.

“What we run, we don’t have to change much and the guys are getting used to it,” Bolluyt said.

Defensively, the Spirit Lake coach said the Nighthawks run either a 4-4 or a 5-3 set.

“They have stand-up ends who attack hard,” he said.

The Indians goal is to concentrate on what they can do.

“We can’t turn the ball over,” said Bolluyt. “Defensively we’ve played well, bug gave up the big play.”

He said the Nighthawks are a team which thrives on big plays, but the Indians are excited about the challenge this week.