Centreville, which lost its season opener at Bridgman, 30-13, is back in action Friday night when it hosts Niles Brandywine, which beat Indiana’s Hobart River Forest by 23 points last week.
Bulldogs coach Aaron Hartong said his team is healthy and geared up for a strong start after coming out flat against Bridgman.
Scouting Niles Brandywine
“Their QB is a very talented lefty who can run and throw equally well,” Hartong said. “They like to spread out into four, even five wide receivers, which offers us a challenge in moving personnel around quickly.”
Keys for a Centreville win
“We have had an extremely strong week of practice with a very positive energy that is building each day,” Hartong said. ”The boys are very excited about their potential after seeing the way they were able to stop the initial onslaught from Bridgman last week and turn it around — outscoring them 13-9 for the remaining 42 minutes in the game. They are determined to start this game off as strong as they finished last week and not allow a quick lead, which killed us last week. Eliminating turnovers and penalties will also make a huge difference for us.”
Hartong’s practice insights
“The seniors are becoming very vocal and positive leaders, and junior Jonathon Eicher and sophomore Nick Kelley have pushed themselves to new levels of intensity this week,” he said. “The guys know that the only reason we lost was because we came out flat, so they are demanding the intensity from the moment we start stretching to the end of practice.”