The Duncan Banner

October 25, 2013

Indians find themselves in must-win situation

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — There was some good and some bad in Comanche’s 44-0 loss to Washington last Thursday, but the team is moving on.

The focus now turns to Hobart as the Indians (3-4, 2-2) need two wins out of their last three games to secure a playoff spot. The Bearcats (4-3, 2-2) are trying to not let that happen and a win on the road on Friday would give them a big advantage.

Coming off two straight blowout losses to Washington and Lindsey, Comanche needs to focus on what it can do this week, according to coach Steve Justus.

“We need this game, and they need this game,” Justus said. “We’re going to have to come out and do the things it takes to win a football game on every snap. We’re going to have to control their speed and be assignment sound.”

Defensive cohesion is going to be vital towards that end. For senior Cody Crow, this is a necessary regiment on every play.

“I need to make sure I’m communicating with my other players, and we’re making sure that as a team we avoid the little mistakes that have plagued us the past few weeks,” Crow said.

 Getting off to a good start is essential, according to Crow, but that was something the team did well last week. After the game against Washington, Justus pointed out that his team played a very good first half. This is in the rearview mirror, according to Justus, and he gave an anology to prove the point.

“You’re walking through the house, and it’s dark,” Justus said. “You think I know where to go. I don’t have to turn the lights on. Well, someday you’re going to stub your toe. When you stub your toe, every time you go to walk through the house and the lights aren’t on, if you miss the switch you think about that and step back to turn the switch on.

“It’s there. You think about it, but we have to move on.”

What will help the team is senior Hunter Rice’s return. Comanche’s starting quarterback and linebacker was not feeling 100 percent in practice earlier this week, but Justus hopes he can be ready for Friday. If not, junior Alex Hinshaw will step in like he did in the Washington game.

“He ran the ball extremely tough,” Justus said. “He’s a stronger runner than he is a thrower, but he still can throw the football.”