For the second time this season the Pierce City Eagles football team will travel to Greenfield to take on the Wildcats. Only this time the stakes are higher and the loser's season is over.
"It's always hard to beat the same team twice in the same season," said Pierce City Head Coach Mac Whitehead. "You try to approach the game in the way you approached it the first time you met. When you are at this stage in the season you aren't changing much of the schemes that you run."
The Eagles defeated the Wildcats on Sept. 17. 43-6. Pierce City led 29-0 at the break. Eagles' Cody Cox returned the second half kick 90 yards to dash any hopes of the Wildcats making a comeback.
"Greenfield is a solid squad," said Whitehead. "They felt they could have played better and should have been in the game. There is no doubt in my mind they will be ready to play when we show up for the game."
Pierce City struggled against Miller and looked lethargic against Marionville. However, the Eagles gained some swagger as they dismantled Skyline 40-0 last Thursday.
Cox rushed for 180 yards on 30 carries, and the Eagles offense threw the ball enough to keep the Tigers off-balance all night.
"I think offensively, we are starting to click on all cylinders again," added Whitehead. "We scored so quickly in our first seven games that in the last three contests we have had to learn to drive the ball for 10-11 plays to score.
"We have scaled back our offensive play calling and are very vanilla in our scheme," said Whitehead. "We want to control the ball and the clock. If we can accomplish those to items, we will be very successful."
"Defensively, Doug (Weatherly) and Kenny (O'Hara) have dialed up the pressure," said Whitehead. "Our defense has been playing 'lights out' all season long. We will continue to rely upon them to be the identity of this team."
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Greenfield Wednesday night.