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Football midseason report; Scots still on the hunt

October 1, 2010

With the football season now almost halfway over, the Scots find themselves in an unfamiliar position.

The Fighting Scots lost the first two games of the year, and also star quarterback Alex Tanney to injury. This year’s offensive production has been much lower than last year’s while the defense has played well and is ranked 2nd in the league.

On Saturday Oct. 2, the Scots will play St. Norbert at home in what will be a huge game that may end up determining the eventual winner of the conference.

While both teams are perennial contenders for the conference championship,  this year both teams have struggled early. Both teams lost their season opener and then next week’s conference game. Now both are 2-1 in conference play and this upcoming game will be crucial for both teams’ chances of winning the conference championship this year.

One big difference in the two teams is the amount of points they have put up. While the Scots have averaged over 30 points the last two games, the Knights have averaged 41 points a game all season, including a monster 77 point game last week against Lawrence.

When asked about the game, in a press release Coach Bell said, “We know they will be jacked up, there’s no doubt about that. They are well coached and they play at the speed the game is supposed to be played at. They are like us in that they have dug themselves a hole too. They have responded positively and have played extremely well. They will be motivated.”

Since Tanney went down, freshmen Brik Wedekind has played quarterback in his stead and has improved each of the last few weeks, along with the Scots offensive numbers.

“You hope to see a progression each week, regardless of who you have on the field,” said Bell. “This will be a true test to see how good we are right now. That’s one of the reasons we always try to schedule a good, fast and physical nonconference opponent.  We want to find out what we are made of right away and find our weaknesses.”

The game will start at 1 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Field with the weather forecasted to be a beautiful, sunny fall day.

BY JACK DONNELLY
Co-Sports Editor

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