EXIRA - After claiming their first win of the season, Exira-EHK will go about 11 miles down the road to pen district play.
After a disappointing week 1 loss, the Spartans rebounded to a 46-44 win over Sidney last Friday. This week, a new challenge arises for Sparty as they open district play on the road against the Audubon Wheelers. After closing non-district play with a win, head coach Tom Petersen prepares the team for another tough task.
“It’s going to be a tough task for us,” Petersen said. “They are just a play away from being three-and-oh, and they are very athletic. We always try to look for some areas we can exploit and they just don’t have hardly any. We’re going to have to play really good football to have a chance to be there in the fourth quarter.”
Offensively, a big name to last week’s success was senior Creighton Nelson as he scored six total touchdown and ran for 102 yard on the ground and had 171 yards receiving. HArd work helped him make that stat line last week, Nelson knows he and the team need to put a lot of work in this week as they hope to go one-and-oh in district play.
“It’s really important to get that first win in districts,” Nelson said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge. Getting it right away just gives you a better feeling, you get out there and feel like you’re doing well after you get one early.”
Defensively, the Spartans may have their hands full as they look to contain Audubon’s dual quarterback offense. Senior Ethan Conroy who lead the defense last Friday with 11.5 total tackles, knows the defense will have arguably one of their toughest tests of the year here.
“Communications is going to be a big thing for us,” Conroy said. “We going to have to really dial in and focus on what we’ve been learning. They’re a good team, they’re very athletic. Like Sidney last week, they have some big guys that are physical so we got to be ready.”
As stated earlier with this road game being just 11 miles down the road from the top of the hill, Petersen knows the Spartans will be ready for the challenge this Friday in what should be a great atmosphere for Friday night lights.
“It’s always a fun atmosphere when we go to Audubon or have Audubon here,” Petersen said. “It’s a great atmosphere for the kids. It’s something that all the kids on both sides deserve. It should be a lot of fun and that’s how you have to approach a game like this.”
Kickoff in Audubon will be at 7 p.m.