The Eagles want nothing more than to shake off their current three-game losing streak.
Columbia City’s football team will play Norwell 7 p.m. Friday. The game will serve as Columbia City’s senior night.
Norwell (2-6) lost more games than they have won this season, but have shown its capability of winning a game by beating Heritage and Huntington North.
Columbia City wants to take its opponent seriously despite the Knights’ record.
“Norwell is always playing hard and above their ability. They are a hard working group,” said head coach Brett Fox.
“Norwell’s mentality of toughness is always difficult to compete with. It doesn’t matter what the score is, what their record is or how the game is going. They are always playing tough.”
The Eagles will have to limit Norwell’s rushing yards to win the game. Running back Carson Ringger has run 461 yards this season, and reached the end zone three times.
“Norwell’s running back (Ringger) is a very good runner that can not only pound it inside, but can use his speed to the outside as well,” Fox said.
The Eagles will want to focus on a game plan on stopping a physical Knight team, but coach Fox wants to take time in honing on themselves, and improving their game heading into sectional play.
“We need to work on our mentality,” said Fox. “We need to return to our fundamentals and work harder this week of getting out to a quick start instead of playing from behind.”
Churubusco football plays its last game of the season 7 p.m. Friday at Fairfield.
The Eagles want to end their season with a victory, and carry the momentum into sectional play.
Fairfield (1-7) has struggled posting points on the board this season. The Falcons’ only win of the season came in week one against Goshen. Fairfield scored 19 points that game, and have yet to score more in a game.
The Eagles are focused more on themselves and what they can control, more than just honing in on their opponent.
“We need to get healthy and focus on playing assignment football,” said head coach Paul Sade. “We need to take care of our business and do our jobs better.”
The Eagles will have to spend time on a game plan to slow down a pair of dynamic athletes.
Cordell Hofer does it all for the Falcons offense. Hofer has thrown 167 yards this season. He also ran 74 yards. Hofer is also effective as a wide out. He’s accumulated 136 yards and caught a touchdown in the air this season.
Running back Connor Kitson is another athlete that can provide challenges for the Falcons. Kitson ran the ball 92 times this season for 274 yards and a touchdown. He ran for nearly 900 yards last season, so Kitson has what it takes to be a game changer. Kitson also has recorded 48 tackles as a defensive back. Six were tackles for a loss.
The Eagles should be on top by the end of the game if they contain the speed of the Fairfield offense.