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Pierce City looks to defend perfect record

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Pierce City Eagles football team will put its 3-0 record on the line Friday night at Greenfield.

The fast start to the season is just what Pierce City needed.

"I think starting 3-0 is important for our kids," said Pierce City Head Coach Mac Whitehead. "It gives them confidence in what we are trying to accomplish with our game plan.

"Defensively, Assistant Coach Doug Weatherly hasn't changed his defensive coaching approach in over 20 years, and the kids are comfortable with his schemes, Whitehead said. "Offensively, we are learning a new system and the success generates belief in our system."

Greenfield should challenge the Eagles more than previous opponents.

"They have a good front five," Whitehead said. "We must win the battle up front and impose our will."

In order to keep from running up the score, the starters have sat out much of the second half of games. Pierce City's junior varsity has played nearly as many minutes as the starters.

"It's one thing to run sprints and another to be game shape conditioned," explained Whitehead. "It's always in the back of my mind, are we four quarters game conditioned, but I am not that concerned.

"We have several interchangeable players, guys who can sub in and out and not have any drop-off in the quality of play," Whitehead added.

Continuing to get more players on offense involved will be key in Friday's contest.

"During the Diamond game we had two players catch their first pass of the season (Chance Chapman and Jordan Saffer)," said Whitehead. "We have to get them involved more."

Look for the Eagles to change the pace on offense during the game.

"We have been working on a hurry-up offense in practice," Whitehead said. "It is an extension of our two-minute game plan. We know that at some point this season we will need to use it to win us games.

"The keys to success Friday are simple. We must establish the run and control the line of scrimmage," Whitehead added. "We want to be a team that passes when we want to, not when we have to. On defense we have got to be aggressive, disrupt their offensive rhythm and force them into three plays and punt situations.

"Our best defense is when our offense is on the field. Good teams get stronger in the fourth quarter," Whitehead said.

Kick off in Greenfield is slated for 7 p.m. The Wildcats are currently 1-2 for the 2010 season.



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