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September 20, 2013

GRIDIRON MATCHUPS

Pioneer hosts Judson; Cass faces undefeated Peru squad

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“We couldn’t have stopped water from going through a street door. It wasn’t just our team. That was as bad of a Pioneer defense as I’ve ever seen, too.”

One issue the Comets will have to deal with is a size advantage for the Cougars.

“They’re bigger than we are but who isn’t,” Ulerick said. “They’re bigger and probably faster. We’re going to have to play well.”

Ulerick is looking for his squad to be more defensive-minded.

“Last Friday was a fluke. It’s not the way both teams like to play football,” he said. “We obviously want to play defense a lot better than we are right now. If they don’t understand my frustrations they need to have a check up. They know that I’m frustrated with them. The biggest thing is we’ve got to play better football, plain and simple.”

Logansport (0-4, 0-2 NCC) at Marion (1-3, 0-1 NCC)

The Berries can take a lot of positives after last week’s 29-28 loss to Anderson.

In fact coach Brad Urban would argue that it should have been a 28-26 win if the referees would have restarted the clock at the proper time instead of allowing Anderson to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.

Fullback Jacob Shelton rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns for the Berries, and it was his second straight 100-yard rushing game. The Berries rushed for 296 yards as a team.

“Obviously we were able to move the ball better, especially in the first half,” Urban said. “Obviously we would have liked to have moved the ball as well in the second half. They made some adjustments, and we countered them and had one drive there at the start of the fourth quarter.

“Our defense played much better than it did against Huntington North and against Peru. Our special teams played much better last week as well. It was a step in the right direction. We played better, we’ve just got to finish.”

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