Indians for more consistency
SPIRIT LAKE – Injuries have taken their toll on the Spirit Lake lineup the past couple weeks, but there’s still a game every Friday night for which to prepare.
While the Indians are just 1-4 this season, they’ve been in every game.
“We’ve been ahead after the first quarter and close at the end,” said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt.
Last week followed the season scenario as the Indians took a 3-0 lead against Western Christian on a field goal by Tyler Solsma in the first quarter.
The Wolfpack scored 20 points over the next two quarters with Spirit Lake rallying with two touchdowns in the fourth. After cutting the deficit to 20-17, the Indians had a chance to get back with an onside kick.
“We’ve scored first in every game and we want to maintain that,” said Bolluyt.
Now his team just needs to figure out how to hang on to the lead as Sheldon comes to town tonight.
The Orabs (2-3, 1-2) have had a seesaw season already, opening 2008 with a 25-13 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central and bouncing back with two wins over Storm Lake, 14-0, and Sioux Center, 24-13.
The last two weeks have been tough as Sheldon lost 7-6 to Western Christian and 14-7 to Rock Valley/Boyden-Hull.
“They like to run the wishbone and they have the leading receiver in the district,” said Bolluyt. “They run a lot of play action and he’s caught a lot of big passes.”
Sheldon’s Andy Goeb had 17 receptions for over 300 yards and two touchdowns this season.
“Defensively, they run a 4-4 front and have very aggressive defensive backs and linebackers,” he said.
For the Indians, Bolluyt said the key is to eliminate the mistakes and control the ball.
Defensively, the Indians have started strong recently.
“Against Western Christian we forced three-and-outs the first four times,” Bolluyt said. “Offensively we just need to be consistent.”