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Sep 08, 2017

Washington versus Mt. Pleasant

Washington football coach Garrison Carter said rivalry games are already fun.

“This one will be extra exciting to be a part of since both teams are undefeated and playing really good football,” Carter added.

The Demons had a good week of practice and worked on cleaning up things.

“I feel that they have been addressed,” Carter said.

There are still a few things Carter would like to see the team work on.

“Like all teams we have had plenty of adversity thrown at us,” Carter said. “It’s part of the early stages of the season and still figuring out what we have. I think our kids have done a great job overcoming adversity.”

Some key items include tackling, blocking, ball security and toughness.

“Those are the things that win/lose football games,” Carter said.

 

Highland versus Sigourney-Keota

The Huskies take on Sigourney-Keota in their first conference game this year. They will also have to prove they can recoup after a loss to West Liberty last week, even though it was a non-conference game for them.

 

 

Mid-Prairie versus West Liberty

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks travel to West Liberty for a District 5 matchup in 2A. The Hawks are 1 and 1 on the season. They blew out the Louisa-Muscatine Falcons 42-12 and suffered a loss to No. 6 in 3A Washington 7-55.

Making the loss more painful was a lower leg injury to Hawks quarterback Karson Gingerich, who will be sidelined for Friday’s game. The Hawks will not only miss Gingerich on offensive but defensively as well. Gingerich leads the Hawks in total tackles.

West Liberty is also 1 and 1, having blown out Highland 62-7 and losing to West Branch 35-20.

Regarding the loss to Washington, Mid-Prairie Head Coach Pete Cavanagh said he was pleased with the overall performance of his men against a very tough team.

“I thought we played hard against a very good opponent. The running game was fairly effective. I thought we played physical and the score is not indicative of how we played,” he said.

Cavanagh said he will be going to his bench to plug the gap left by Gingerich.

“We will be trying to establish some new starters. We’ll try to find some guys who can play at a higher level for 4 quarters,” he said.

 

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