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Playoff bound Mustangs won’t overlook Chargers

By Staff | Oct 16, 2009

Travis Hantelman

ARMSTRONG – After clinching a playoff spot in last week’s 76-14 homecoming victory over Ruthven-Ayershire, the Mustangs (6-1, 4-1) face yet another dangerous opponent in Laurens-Marathon (4-3, 3-2).

The Chargers record doesn’t necessarily speak to how they have played this season. They’ve lost two games by a total of two points. If the ball bounced differently, L-M could be looking at a 6-1 record.

Last week, the Chargers took a 58-40 win over Twin River Valley, in which running back Kolby Joynt and quarterback Jacob Frye combined for 227 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

A-R coach Robert Zotz acknowledges how dangerous the Chargers can be.

“They’re a very balanced team,” he said. “They have speed at all positions, they play well defensively and have physical linebackers.

“We need to be focused coming into this game. We’ve had two nice wins, but we can’t look past these next games.”

Zotz sees the possible sloppy weather as a big factor in the game tonight.

“We are two fast teams,” he said. “Running around in the mud and slop is going to affect both of us. Whoever makes the better adjustment will come out on top.”

Key to the game: Eliminate the big play.

Nothing zaps momentum like a big play. Both teams have the speed to put up points from anywhere on the field, through the air or on the ground. The winner of this game will be the team who limits their opponents plays of 20 yards or more.