Tiger Gameday – Week 4
Last Game: Hutchinson 36 Cambridge Isanti 12
Game Recap: A steady run game powered the Hutch Tigers past Cambridge Isanti last week. As a team the Tigers rushed for over 300 yards, with the majority of them coming from QB Colin Nagel. CI RB Gaven Ziebarth got some yards going for over 140 yards and 2 TD’s, but the Tiger Defense shut out everyone else. The rest of the team comined for just under 70 yards.
Current Record: 3-0 #1 Class 4A
This Week’s Opponent: Willmar (2-1, #9 Class 4A)
About the Opponent: The Willmar Cardinals have grown into a nice program in recent years. This year is no exception, getting big points in Weeks 1 and 2 wins, before running up against a close game vs Defending State Champion Rocori last week. This season Willmar features a very good running game offensively, and a defense that only gives up about 16 points per game.
Key Hutch Players: Offensive Line. Willmar can score in bunches…so what is one of the best ways to prevent that? To have them not on the field. Keep the Hutch Offense on the field and working those long 10+ play drives and keep that clock moving. The OL has a big say in if that happens. They’ve been a pleasant surprise this season in how well they’ve gelled so quickly!
First Down: Find two or more sources of offense. Hutch’s Offense works best when it’s not just one “star player” racking up yardage. Like last week when Mitchell Piehl, Colin Nagel, and Ty Glaser were all getting chunks of yards…that’s when the Hutch Offense is most dangerous.
Second Down: Contain the Willmar Run Game. Willmar’s QB and RB are very good and very quick. They can make people miss easily. This season The cards have run the ball quite a bit more than pass. Play good gap control defense, play your position, don’t allow any holes and then swarm to the ball. Much easier typed in this article then done in a game though.
Third Down: Number of Plays. You’ll hear in the pregame interview with Andy, they’d like to keep Willmar to 40-50 plays. That’s a tough task…esepecially since Willmar runs a no huddle up tempo offense. An ideal game for Willmar is running 65 Plays+. The more plays Willmar runs the harder it will be to keep them off the scoreboard.
4th Down/Quick Hit Keys: Turnovers are always key. Hutch has done a good job of holding onto the ball this year finishing a Plus in the TO battle in 2 of 3 games…Watch for an onside kick. Hutch had one against them last week and Willmar has done that play to Hutch in the past.