Photos by Alan Hale
With a resounding 77-6 win over the defending district champions under their belt, the Wildcats shift their focus to a confident Spearman squad that has district title aspirations of their own.
The Lynx strolled their through a relatively easy non-conference schedule, and knocked off Boys Ranch 44-13 in week one of district play. With the win, the Lynx earned themselves a spot atop the standings with the Wildcats, setting up a fight for sole possession of first place.
“If we want to win district then we have to win this one,” said Wildcat head coach Chris Koetting. “I don’t think getting motivated is going to be a factor again this week.”
Koetting’s squad was highly motivated for last week’s contest that saw them rack 607 yards of offense.
The Spearman defense should present more of a problem than Fritch, as the Lynx have only given up 68 points through six contests. The Lynx defense prides itself on keeping offenses off their game by showing a variety of looks.
“They change up between a lot of different fronts and coverages to keep offenses guessing,” said Koetting.
The Lynx haven’t had to deal with the type of fire-power featured by the Wildcats’ spread offense. The Wildcats opened up district by piling up 333 yards on the ground and 274 yards through the air.
The Wildcat first-team offense scored on all eight of their possessions last Friday night. Canadian’s defensive performance was not to be out done, as they held the Eagles to just 15 yards in the first half. The Wildcats revamped physical defense will be tested by yet another run-heavy offense. Although the Lynx feature one of the smallest lines the Cats will see this year, that hasn’t kept them from having an effective ground game.
In fact the Lynx like to run about 90 percent of the time, relying heavily on the running back duo of Tanner Baird and Beau Brown. The Lynx also like to mix up their offensive formations, finding different ways to get the ball to their playmakers.
“They lineup in a ton of different formations and set a lot of different motions,” said Koetting. “We have to get lined up correctly and be more physical than they are.”
Out-muscling opponents hasn’t been an issue lately, as the Cats have only allowed 408 rushing yards in their last four outings, after surrendering 661 yards on the ground in their first three games.
The Lynx roster only features 14 players that were a part of last year’s 59-21 loss to Canadian. A young and inexperienced group has adapted to the varsity game in stride, pulling out early season wins over Wheeler, West Texas, Sunray and Panhandle.
The Wildcats hit the road in search of their sixth straight victory, as they play their first road game in over a month tonight at 7:30 pm.