Pioneer’s 1-2 punch of quarterback Sam Kiser and fullback Justin Mersch weren’t able to find much room to operate against the Kings.
“No doubt we have to find a way to run the football,” Johnson said. “The things we did in the passing game in the gun with Kiser gives us other options. But still the bottom line on Friday nights in high school football you have to be able to run the ball and run it well.”
Peru (1-0) at Logan (0-1)
In last year’s 110th meeting between the two teams Peru showed improvement from recent seasons but Logan prevailed 28-7.
The Tigers are coming off a 40-13 win over Wabash last year.
“Obviously they are coming in with a lot of momentum,” LHS coach Brad Urban said. “They can take away a lot of positives from that game. They beat Wabash in all phases of the game.”
Urban said the Tigers have a lot back from last year.
“They had their running back, Richardson, out against us last year. He didn’t play. They have their quarterback back. They’ve got a lot of players from last year. Their numbers are up. They are two-platooning this year. They feel they’re in a better place than they were last year at this time.”
The Berries can say the same thing after last week’s 17-7 loss at Twin Lakes in which they showed improvement. In fact Urban thought it was a game they should have won against an Indians team that has a lot back from last year’s team that nearly took down Lafayette Central Catholic.
“There were definitely some positives,” Urban said. “The biggest thing is on the offensive side of the ball we’ve got to get going early and get our confidence back and our swagger back. Our defense gained confidence and had confidence going into the game from practicing very hard and being physical. Our offense had to match that.”