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September 20, 2013

GRIDIRON MATCHUPS

Pioneer hosts Judson; Cass faces undefeated Peru squad

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Peru’s 4-0 start has come against opponents with a combined 1-15 record.

The road is considerably tougher the rest of the way, starting with the perennially tough Kings.

“We’re getting ready to go through the top five teams in the standings in our conference from last year so there’s no question it gets tougher,” Prescott said, noting the Kings’ aggressive defense and wing-T offense are big challenges this week.

Cass is just 1-3, but its opponents have a combined 12-4 record.

The Kings showed good fight in a 28-20 loss to defending MIC champion Hamilton Heights last week.

“I like to think we’re making progress. This will be a good test for us [tonight], though,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said.

The Tigers are averaging an area-best 48.8 points per game. Running backs Michael Richardson and Steven McBride rank 1-2 in the Kokomo area in scoring and 2-3 in rushing.

“They’re 4-0 and they’re averaging close to 50 points per game. We’re not doing either of those things,” Mannering said. “Their two halfbacks have some just unbelievable stats for the first month of the season. I think their quarterback, [Nolan] Brimbury, runs the option very well and he throws the ball well, which makes it hard to defend. They’re getting good play out of their fullback and their offensive line as well. That’s one side. Defensively, they attack the ball. They’re just playing very good football right now.

“We have to play better defense. We have to play smarter and tougher, make some stops and get off the field more,” Mannering added. “Offensively, we have to drive the ball better. Hopefully it will be a good matchup. We’re hoping we’ve improved over the last seven days.”

Cass rolled to a 63-0 win when the teams met last year, improving to 15-0 on the field against Peru since the Tigers joined the MIC in 1998. The Kings had to forfeit their 1999 win for using an ineligible player for a few plays late in a 34-6 win.

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