(Atlantic) (1-0), Atlantic is looking to bounce back this Friday night after suffering a 35-13 week two loss to Creston. The Trojans travel to Clarinda to face a (2-0) Cardinal team that has allowed just six-points total in their first two outings.
The Cardinals defeated Shenandoah in week one 34-6 and shut out a short-handed Red Oak team, 40-0 in week two. The Trojans have also inked some impressive early-season numbers. For instance, their 522-yards rank sixth in all of Class 2A and boast one of the top rushers in the entire class through two games. Tyler Moens 428-rushing yards ranks second in Class 2A behind, district opponent Koby Kafer of OA-BCIG’s 540.
Atlantic Head Mike McDermott says they left too many plays offensively on the field last week.
“We missed two or three guys I thought were open deep down the field,” said McDermott. “Whether it was a poor throw or we had too much pressure on us and couldn’t get our feet set. And then we had a couple of drops that might have led to a couple of touchdowns and one for sure. When we get the opportunity to make something happen, our young guys have to come through now.”
The Trojans went back to some fundamentals this week in practice. “We amped up practice, and we hope to see an improvement in our tackling. Offensively we blocked pretty well. Tyler had another 200-yard game. But we still need to shore up a few things on our offensive line.”
Coach McDermott says Clarinda will be another good test for his team.
“They have new Head Coach and new coaching staff for the most part,” said McDermott. “They’re playing hard; they have a lot of kids out, they have a full J.V. schedule and playing some freshman games as well, so that creates a lot of excitement, and that continues to build and develop a program.”
Coach McDermott points to second-year starting quarterback Michael Shull as one player of note. McDermott says it will be of utmost importance to get pressure on the quarterback this week.
“Everything runs through him,” said McDermott. “Last week we had some issues with Creston’s Quarterback and this week’s opposing Quarterback is similar. Last week when we put pressure on their Quarterback we got some big plays. This is going to a significant emphasis Friday night. Pressure on the Quarterback and make tackles.
Coach McDermott says the teams are evenly matched up front and they’re going to blitz more than in past games-and rally to the football.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. We will have the broadcast on 95.7 FM and KS957.com. Pre-game starts at 6:00 p.m.