Indians look to challenge 4-2 Warriors
SPIRIT LAKE – While Spirit Lake is 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the district, coach Josh Bolluyt believes his team still is comparable to Sioux Center, who is 4-2 overall and 3-1 in district.
Bolluyt said most of the Indians’ games this season have been against the top teams in the district while the Warriors have played.
“They’re still a solid ball club and they’re sitting as the fourth best team in the district,” said Bolluyt. “They just beat Central Lyon.”
Bolluyt said he is familiar with Sioux Center coach Tim Van Regenmorter as they coached together at Northwestern College.
“We run the same defense,” Bolluyt said. “Offensivley, they run a power-I and power football type stuff.”
Sioux Center is led by running back JanTae Miller who has 545 yards on 96 carries with three touchdowns. The Warriors have more success reaching the endzone throgh the air.
Quarterback Micah Lassen is 40-of-81 passing for 5592 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bolluyt said the key to this game is turnovers-the Indians committed five against Sheldon.
“Soux Center using ball control and been in a lot of close games,” he said. “They’re aggressive, but conservative offensively. I feel it will bee a low-scoring, close ball game.
“Also they’ve struggled with kickoff and punt coverage where we’ve had a lot of practice,” said Bolluyt. “We have opportunities in the punt-return game.”