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Comanche High School football coach Steve Justus expected his team will be tested defensively.
The Comanche Indians head to Walters Friday night and, although Walters is 0-2 to open the season, Justus expects a tough game.
“They try to get into formations that cause you a lot of problems,” he said. “They’re playing hard and, if you play hard, you usually have good things happen. They will really play hard against us.”
Walters drew a tough matchup to open the season, facing Apache on the road and losing 51-12. Last week, the Blue Devils played at Dibble and lost another tough outing, 49-10. Justus noted Apache didn’t lose many players from last season and that Dibble had a strong running back.
“They fought two quality opponents,” Justus said regarding Walters.
He added, because Walters is playing its home opener, he expects the Blue Devils to be “fired up” for Friday’s outing.
“Our kids will have to come out intense and have to play very physical,” Justus said.
The Indians, like Walters, drew two strong teams to open the season, in county rivals Velma-Alma and Marlow. Justus said he wants to see improvement in “all three phases of the game,” but that isn’t much different from other teams.
“It’s always easier to motivate kids after wins,” he said, “but sports teaches a lot of life lessons. Not always is life easy and you’ve got to get out there and work at it.”
He added, “We’re just gonna have to take care of business and make sure we don’t make mistakes. We’ll see if we can play for 48 minutes and focus for all those minutes.”