Indians host No. 8 Wolfpack
SPIRIT LAKE – Coming off its first victory of the season, the Spirit Lake football team will have its hands full once again as the Indians host Western Christian tonight.
The Wolfpack is 4-0 and rated eighth.
Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt was able to list several reasons why Western Christian is receiving the attention this year.
“They have a balanced offense with about 200 rushing and 200 passing yard per game,” he said. “They have an explosive running back with good speed and who runs hard.
“Their quarterback is a preseason all-state pick and has eight touchdowns to just one interception, so he makes good decisions. Their receivers also do a good job of getting yards after the catch.”
Bolluyt said while the focus is still to stop the run first, the Indians’ defense will also have to be prepared for the pass as the Wolfpack has receivers that can get behind the defense.
Thus, Spirit Lake’s plan could be the cliche, “the best defense is a good offense.”
“We need to pick up first downs and keep our defense off the field,” Bolluyt said.
Turnovers could also play a big role. In last week’s game between Sheldon and Western Christian, the Orabs had four turnovers compared to zero by the Wolfpack. Sheldon lost by a touchdown.
“We can’t give them anything extra,” Bolluyt said.