“We’re working hard this week and looking forward to getting to compete and have a chance to get a win against Rochester,” he said. “I’ve seen teams lose five in a row that look ready to pack it in and move into winter sports with it getting cold. Our kids aren’t there yet. You can’t really wipe the slate clean as far as coming in with confidence. After losing a few in a row we’re starting to forget what a win feels like, and we’re looking forward to competing.”
The Zebras, who shared the TRC crown with Whitko, run a pro-formation based offense, but employ a number of different formations to disguise their plays.
Running back Jacob Howdeshell leads the Rochester rushing attack with 158 carries for 1,136 yards and 14 TDs. He’s also the team’s leading receiver with 11 grabs for 134 yards and three TDs. Runningmate Carter Screeton has added 84 carries for 488 yards and six TDs.
“They’ll obviously have a lot of confidence coming in,” Prescott said. “We feel that playing in the MIC, from a competition standpoint, gives us an opportunity even though on paper their record is better than ours. For us, the big things are starting fast, playing fast and trying to play physical football. They’re not as physically big, size-wise, as we’ve had to face of late, and we’re looking at that as an advantage. We’re looking at is as a challenge to say you have an opportunity to knock off a conference champ that has an outstanding record. We like the fact that we are playing a team that has had that kind of success.”
Steven McBride leads the Tigers’ offense with 166 carries for 916 yards and 14 TDs. Michael Richardson has been a dual threat with 69 carries for 739 yards and 11 scores and 13 catches for 262 yards and two more TDs. Quarterback Nolan Brimbury has completed 32 of 84 passes for 551 yards, four TDs and seven interceptions.
Larry Nice is among the area’s leading defensive players with 147 tackles, including 109 solos, and takes a 16.3 tackles-per-game average into the postseason.
Class 3A Sectional 26 Friday's games; 7:30 p.m. kickoffs • Twin Lakes (5-4) at Culver Academy (5-4) • Fairfield (8-1) at Maconaquah (6-3) • Jimtown (7-2) at Tippecanoe Valley (5-4) • Rochester (7-2) at Peru (4-5)