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Mustangs face red-hot Raiders

By Staff | Oct 9, 2009

ARMSTRONG – There are few things scarier in the game of football then facing an up-and-coming team on a hot streak. Throw in the distractions of homecoming week, and it’s a downright nightmare.

The Mustangs (3-1, 5-1) will face such a foe tonight, as they host Ruthven-Ayershire (2-2, 3-3).

The Raiders have won their last two games by a total of five points. Two weeks ago they took a 33-30 win over West Bend-Mallard and last week they won 24-22 over Twin River Valley.

A-R coach Robert Zotz has taken notice of the Raiders improvement. “They look like a totally different team from last year,” he said. “Watching them on tape, they’re playing with confidence. They’ve won their last two contests and are coming to our place on a high.”

At this point in the season, preparing for a tough matchup is about perfecting the fundamentals according to Zotz. “We’re just working on doing what we do. We aren’t putting anything new in. We want to do what we do and do it right.”

As everyone knows, what the Mustangs do is run the football and they will rely on that running game, led by senior tail back Tyler Tonderum, to squelch the Raiders’ fire. Tonderum’s 23 rushing touchdowns on the season is currently the second highest total in the state.

Heading into homecoming week with a team full of young talent, the Mustangs will rely on experienced and battle-tested seniors at key positions to overcome the distractions.

“This is homecoming week for us,” Zotz said. “So I expect our kids to come out fired up. Hopefully none of the distractions during the week will interfere with how we play.”

Key to the game: Stop the run, force the Raiders into one-dimensional passing attack.

Ruthven Ayershire’s quarterback Trevin Enderson has only completed 22 passes on the season. 18 of which have gone to receiver Ryan Sikora.