Tiger Gameday – Week 7 vs Big Lake

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Tiger Gameday – Week 7

Last Game: Hutchinson 30 Delano 12

Game Recap: The Tigers used great Defense to stifle the Delano attack and pick up their 6th win of the season. QB Russell Corrigan scored 4 more TD’s, and now leads the state again in Rushing TD’s with 19.

Current Record: 6-0 (#2 4A, Ranked #1 in QRF)

This Week’s Opponent: Big Lake (2-4)

About the Opponent: The Hornets will bring a ton of talent to this game. They have RB DeAndre Hill, who is being courted by several Division 1 College Football programs to lead the way. Hutch has done fairly well against him in past years, but he can be a bit like Barry Sanders in that he’ll run for no gain or short yards a lot and then BAM he’s off for 70 yards and a TD. Defensively BL has given up some points this year.

Key Hutch Players: Gang Tackling. Rather than highlight a player, I’ll highlight an action. As mentioned above Hill is the focal point of their offense. You are rarely going to bring him down with only one tackler. As a team recognize where the ball carrier is going, and swarm him. If you give him a lane, he’ll find it. He’s a good runner. So you’ll have to be cognizant of that all night.

4 Downs/Storylines:

First Down: Weather again?!?! Most of the Tigers games this year have been played in not ideal conditions. Friday night will be no different. If it’s not raining or snowing…It will have just rained Thursday and possibly Friday. That means another sloppy, cruddy field. Watch your footing, the offense may have the advantage in sloppy weather. As Coach Andy Rostberg said on the Tiger Coaches Show, “It’s about Mentality. Don’t worry about the weather, worry about what you can do.”

Second Down: Get an early lead and grind it out. With a team like Big Lake that can score from anywhere on the field, no lead is safe. BUT…if you can score early…get a 2 or 3 score lead…that will allow you to play some “Tiger Offense”. Long, drawn out drives, kill the clock, shorten the game. That puts a lot of pressure on the other team to be perfect on their offensive drives…which can also open up some opportunities for your defense.

Third Down: Section Implications. This is a big game, not only for the district title…but also for section standings. Now let me clarify this before I say it…This is what we’ve been told by people who know the QRF a lot better than us. We trust that they are correct…but nothing is certain until those brackets come out for the Section Tournament late next week. BUT…that being said…What we’ve been told is that a 7 win Hutchinson team will CLINCH home field advantage in the playoffs. Thanks to the tougher strength of schedule Marshall could not beat Hutch in QRF even with an undefeated Marshall squad. So….This game could be for Homefield advantage in the playoffs. I know…that didnt’ work out so well last year…but how many of you would rather play those games at home than on the road? (looking around for a show of hands) Everyone, I thought so.

4th Down, Quick Hit Keys: As with most weather games, look for turnovers to have a big impact…Don’t forget, short week coming up with MEA Wednesday on tap!

Section 2AAA Standings: Hutchinson 6-0, Marshall 6-0, Mankato East 4-2, Jordan 5-1, New Ulm 3-3, St Peter 1-5
North Central White Standings: Hutchinson 4-0, Becker 4-1, Rocori 3-2, Willmar 2-2, Delano 1-3, Big Lake 1-3, SC Apollo 0-4

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