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October 11, 2013

Week 8 football previews

Key MIC contest tops Week 8 schedule.

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The Huskies score 43 points per game and hold opponents to 14.7 ppg.

Andrews points to the Huskies’ athletes as a key to their defensive success.

“They have a good, solid scheme and then they have guys on the back end who can erase big plays whether it be through the air or on the ground,” he said. “We need to be able to put the ball in the end zone once we move it into the red zone. I think they will be huge for us. Our red-zone percentage has to be very high.”

Western (6-1 overall) averages 38.7 ppg and is allowing just 12.3 ppg. The Panthers have a plus-seven turnover margin.

Offensively, the Panthers feature a strong ground game with Ben Lenahan (624 yards) and Ryan Alexander (542) forming a strong 1-2 punch. Defensively, Lenahan leads the squad in tackles with 68 from his linebacker spot while lineman Corey Hinkle tops the team in tackles for loss (15), sacks (four) and QB hurries (10).

“I think our heads are in the right places,” Andrews said before his squad’s practice Thursday. “I think what we need to do is go over there and play a football game — we don’t get too emotional one way or another. They are going to make big plays on us. Those things are going to happen versus a great team. But we have to line up and play the next down and play that down well. That will be huge for us. It’s been a big area of focus this week.”

MACONAQUAH (5-2, 4-1 MIC) at CASS (4-3, 3-2 MIC)

Entering tonight on four-game winning streak — its longest since 2004 — Maconaquah is looking to take advantage of a high level or morale that’s seemingly spreading optimism throughout the program.

“Our success is helping our preparation a lot right now,” Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman said. “We’ve found out that we can do, and at this point it becomes a choice of how we want to play. We’ve done the things to keep ourselves in position to win games in the last few weeks, and we just need to keep doing those things right — moving the ball and playing solid defense. We’re happy to be playing at the level we should be playing at.”

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