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September 20, 2013

Wildkats ready for final game against Trojans

Unbeaten Peru faces big test at Cass; Taylor hosts NW.

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Cass is just 1-3, but its opponents have a combined 12-4 record.

The Kings showed good fight in a 28-20 loss to defending MIC champion Hamilton Heights last week.

“I like to think we’re making progress. This will be a good test for us [tonight], though,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said.

The Tigers are averaging an area-best 48.8 points per game. Running backs Michael Richardson and Steven McBride rank 1-2 in the area in scoring and 2-3 in rushing.

“They’re 4-0 and they’re averaging close to 50 points per game. We’re not doing either of those things,” Mannering said. “Their two halfbacks have some just unbelievable stats for the first month of the season. I think their quarterback, [Nolan] Brimbury, runs the option very well and he throws the ball well, which makes it hard to defend. They’re getting good play out of their fullback and their offensive line as well. That’s one side. Defensively, they attack the ball. They’re just playing very good football right now.

“We have to play better defense. We have to play smarter and tougher, make some stops and get off the field more,” Mannering added. “Offensively, we have to drive the ball better. Hopefully it will be a good matchup. We’re hoping we’ve improved over the last seven days.”

Cass rolled to a 63-0 win when the teams met last year, improving to 15-0 on the field against Peru since the Tigers joined the MIC in 1998. The Kings had to forfeit their 1999 win for using an ineligible player for a few plays late in a 34-6 win.

MAC (2-2, 1-1 MIC) AT WESTERN (4-0, 2-0 MIC)

At 4-0, Western is off to its best start since the 2008 Panther squad opened 8-0.

At 2-2, Maconaquah is off to its best start since the 2006 Brave squad opened 3-1. Maconaquah, which is coming off a 47-0 victory over Eastern last week, is looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time since that 2006 season.

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