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Indians look to bounce back

By Staff | Sep 26, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE – After opening district play with a win over Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull, Spirit Lake may have taken a step back last week in its loss to Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Four turnovers was a little too much to overcome.

The Indians look to get back on track this week as they travel to Hull to face the Wolfpack of Western Christian.

The Wolfpack boasts a 2-2 record after opening the season with a 31-0 win over South O’Brien followed by a 34-24 loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

In district play, Western Christian lost to Sibley-Ocheyedan 14-6, but beat Sheldon 7-6 last week.

Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt said the Wolfpack doesn’t make a lot of mistakes.

“Offensively, they run an ‘I’ formation and they have a good tailback (Theo Bartman) that runs to the corner well,” he said.

Besides stopping Bartman, the Indians will look to eliminate the turnovers.

“Defensively we need to execute better,” he said. “We had missed executions in the Sibley game and some tried to do other people’s jobs.”

Special teams proved solid against the Generals last week. Sibley-Ocheyedan had a blocked punt in each of its previous games, but not against Spirit Lake.

The Indians even had a punt fake that went for 42 yards.

Spirit Lake is a little beat up, losing running back Derrick Miner to a season-ending injury.

“It’s been a tough week with the injuries, but I think the kids have good focus and are prepared for Friday night,” said Bolluyt.