0-5 Wisner-Pilger hosts 4-1 Oakland-Craig in High School Football action Friday night on 107.9 the Bull. Wisner-Pilger Head Coach Brent Bauer says his team is anxious to take on the Knights.
“One thing that we noticed on film is Oakland-Craig always plays at just such an extreme level of toughness, and plays so hard and so fast, and that’s kind of what they’ve always done. But we’re excited about the matchup. And our senior class only has two more home games counting tomorrow night so it’s amazing how fast things are going.”
Oakland-Craig Head Coach Anderson says his squad can’t afford to take the Gators lightly.
“You really can’t overlook them. They’ve played like three or four rated teams that they lost to. And just from what I know Hartington CC is the number 3 team in the state, and they go right down on the field and score on them. Take a 7-0 lead. So offensively they’re scary, I mean they have a really good quarterback. I think he’s been starting about the last 3 years. And he’s given us problems the last two years running the ball and with his arm.”
The Knights won last year’s game 54-12, and have won the last two meetings between the two schools.
The Gators lost 41-16 at Fremont Bergan last time out. Bauer says an injury a day before the game hurt his team, and the Knights were a little more dynamic than they thought.
“You know we had had a kid go down on the Thursday before the game, when our fullback went down. That kind of affected our game plan a little bit. But overall I thought we played hard. I think Fremont Bergan’s athleticism caught us a litttle bit off guard.”
Oakland-Craig scored the last 20 points of last week’s 28-16 win at BRLD. Anderson says his team shot themselves in the foot early on.
“Coming in we definitely were not overconfident by any ways, and we played a little bit tight I thought early in the game. And I think we put the ball on the ground 6 times and had 12 penalties. And credit BRLD, they went up and stepped up and made some big plays, but a lot of that was self inflicted too. Some things we have to clean up before this week.”
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. with pregame at 6:40 on the Bull.