Spirit Lake takes on No. 11 Unity Christian
SPIRIT LAKE – Who made this schedule?
The Spirit Lake football team ends the season against the district’s two best teams traveling to No. 11 Unity Christian tonight with next week’s matchup with No. 2 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock looming on the horizon.
Nevertheless, sooner or later the Indians had to play them and each Friday night begins with another kickoff.
Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt said one of the keys to slowing down the Knights is to key on fullback Aaron Floen.
Floen is the second-leading rusher in the district with 891 yards on 140 carries-an average of 6.4 yards per carry.
Bolluyt attributes the running success to Unity Christian’s line.
“They’re good up front and big and physical,” he said. “I think there smallest lineman is probably 240.”
The Indians will have to match their opponent’s level of physicalness, the coach said.
“We’ll have to be physical at the line of scrimmage and keep our pads low,” he said.
While the Indians have seen teams blitz often the past few weeks, Bolluyt said Unity Christian doesn’t blitz as often.
“So we’ll need to sustain our blocks longer,” he said.
While Unity Christian’s lone loss is to Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, the Knights have had some close games this season.
Two weeks ago, they beat Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley by a point, 14-13 and last week, they edged Sheldon 15-9.
“They’ve found a way to win the close games,” Bolluyt said. “But a lot of their kids have taken their lumps as sophomores.”
Unity Christian also has taken advantage of turnovers in their field.
“The teams they’ve had success against, they’ve had a short field or big plays. With their line, we don’t want to give them the short field, so we’ll need to limit our turnovers and create a few breaks of our own.”