There are no complicated formulas to follow. No computer copulations needed. It is very simple for the Pierce City football team; win and you are in playoffs.
"We control our own fate," said Pierce City Eagles Head Coach Mac Whitehead. "It won't be easy but we still have something to play for and goals left to achieve this season."
The Eagles have stumbled as of late. Two weeks ago Miller dismantled Pierce City 41-6. Last week Pierce City slipped past Marionville in a sloppy 14-7 win. The swagger that this team exuded earlier this year has become lost under some late season pressure.
"We have to stay positive," said Whitehead. "We are dependant upon our players to be self-motivated. We have an opportunity to play post season football."
Standing in the way of the Eagle's on Thursday night is the Skyline Tigers. The Tigers played Marionville and Miller extremely tough and will not be a pushover for the Eagles.
"Skyline has some speed," said Whitehead. "Their linebacker gave Miller fits all night. We have to be solid in all three phases of the game to win."
For only the second time all season Pierce City will be an underdog as they travel to Urbana Thursday night.
"Being the underdog means we still have a lot to prove," said Whitehead. "We have not played well enough to silence the critics. When we have those games where we can make a statement we have to take advantage of them."
For Pierce City the keys to the game are simple. Pound the ball on the ground and force Skyline to make an adjustment. Eliminate the mental mistakes that have haunted this team for the last two weeks.
On defense, the Eagles are going to dial up the pressure and blitz more, a lot more.
"Blitzing in the second half of the Marionville game was the difference," said Assistant Coach Doug Weatherly. "We felt we were waiting for something to happen, instead of being aggressive and making things happen."
Kick off in Urbana is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday night.