No. 2 versus No. 3 — Enough said
While the state may cast a watchful eye on tonight’s matchup between No. 2 Armstrong-Ringsted and No. 3 North Sentral Kossuth, the long-time rivals see it as business as usual.
“Both teams are doing the same thing-just a little better this year-and the state as deemed us No. 2 and them No. 3,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “From a coaching standpoint, we’re just trying to keep things the same.”
While the win may have implications in the district standings, Zotz said this might not be the last time these teams meet this year with the potential for a meeting in the playoffs.
“The players may have a little more motivation, but we’ll try to keep it as normal as possible,” Zotz said.
The teams have one common foe thus far this season-Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka (0-4). A-R (4-0) beat the Tigers 40-6 and NSK (4-0) won 48-0 over WCLT.
The Eagles also have wins over Ventura (3-1), Graettinger/Terril (3-1) and Ruthven-Ayrshire (0-4).
A-R’s other wins are Corwith-Wesley-Luverne (2-1), West Bend-Mallard (1-3) and Twin River Valley (1-3)
Both teams prefer to run the ball. The A-R coach doesn’t see that changing.
“If any team passes more than eight times, they’re likely the team in trouble because their run game has been stopped,” Zotz said.
While the Mustangs have won easily this season and the Eagles will be the toughest opponent thus far, Zotz said there are still tough games down down the road.
“This is still a pretty tough district and there are a few teams that can surprise you,” he said.
For this week, the coach lists the keys as winning the turnover battle and limiting big plays.
“The team that can do that will walk away with a win,” he said.