“They’ve played good competition. I’m sure they’re looking forward to NCC play and what they can do there as well as we are.”
If the Berries took a big step forward in the season opener against Twin Lakes, they took a giant step back in last week’s loss to Peru.
“We have to play better football. Everyone knows that to a man. We’ve got to get it done,” Urban said.
“I told the kids the Peru game was a big game for us. I was worried all week that we’d be satisfied with the effort on the defensive side we had against Twin Lakes, when we played with a lot of heart and pride and had a chance to win, but that didn’t spill over even after a good start. The defense was very complacent, they didn’t adjust to some formations and things and didn’t tackle real well. They didn’t play real hard. I don’t understand that. We just have to do a better job of getting to the football. I didn’t think we played near as aggressive as we did against Twin Lakes.”
Urban hinted at changes after last week’s disappointment but said this week he will stick with his original plan for now. The only change he mentioned was more reshuffling on the offensive line as Alex Emmerd will be moved to center in attempt to stop disrupting inside penetration by opposing defenses.
Northwestern (2-0, 0-0 MIC) at Cass (1-1, 0-0 MIC)
The first week of Mid-Indiana Conference football play is headlined by Northwestern vs. Lewis Cass. Both teams hope to contend for the conference crown.
Northwestern is 2-0 after non-conference victories over Clinton Central and North Miami. Cass is 1-1 after beating perennial Class A power Pioneer and losing to Class 3A No. 6 West Lafayette.