Putnam County is playing their second straight game against a Class 2 school. Last week they stuck with Trenton as the Tigers came away with a 19-0 win. This week they not only step up in Class level, but also step up in talent level when they travel to face Marceline.
“We have to look at this like any other game. We have to use what we think gives us the best chance to come away with a win, just like any other game,” said Putnam County head coach Dave Cavanah.
The Tigers have run through their prior Tri-Rivers competition this season. They took care of Knox County to open the season 41-12. They followed that up with a 50-0 win over Schuyler County. However, the Tigers are coming off a loss to archrival Brookfield,
“We are going to go down there and put our best foot forwards and try to win of course. But more important for us is that we continue to improve, since we open conference play next week and that is more important to us,” said Cavanah.
Cavanah knows better than anyone what football at Marceline is all about, since he played and graduated from the school.
Normally the Midgets would like to run the ball first and foremost. Against the Tigers they are going to have to have a more balanced attack.
“We are going to have to show them we can pass. We can’t let them just focus on our running game and make them respect what we can do offensively,” said Cavanah.
The Midgets have exceeded everyone’s expectations this season and Cavanah remains focused on the plan.
“We have to get ready to play mentally and go out there and know we can play. We must continue to get better every quarter and every game. If we do that you won’t be able to say that we can’t play with anyone in our conference,” said Cavanah.