Indians face challenge in No. 6 Nighthawks
SPIRIT LAKE – In 2008, the highlight of Spirit Lake’s season was the district-opening 35-14 victory over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.
The Nighthawks went on to post a 4-3 record in Class 2A District 2 and made the playoffs. The Indians didn’t win another game.
On Friday, Spirit Lake (0-2) will have its hands full. Coach Josh Bolluyt said most district coaches point to BHRV as the team to beat this season.
“They have a four-year starter at quarterback who was an all-state player last year and several three-year starters,” said Bolluyt. “They run a spread offense and their defense runs a 5-3.”
The coach said his team, which runs a 3-5 defense, won’t have to change its coverage, but will have to be concerned about how they align.
“They have two 6-9 receivers that the like to throw a fade to,” he said. “We’ll need to make sure we get a body on them and be physical.”
The Nighthawks (2-0) opened the season with a 34-0 win over MOC-Floyd Valley and won 27-10 over West Lyon last week.
After the Indians’ loss last week, Bolluyt said one of the keys this week is working the offensive line on sustaining blocks up front.
“It will be for us if we can put get some first downs and keep the clock running,” he said. “We have to make the plays when we have an opportunity.”