Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Crimson Tide to take on Falcons

The Minden High Crimson Tide got their first win of the season last week with a 30-25 victory over the Benton Tigers.

Tonight in Shreveport, the Tide will look to finish the 2012 regular season with a two-game winning streak when they meet the Northwood Falcons.

Last week's win was very important, Minden head coach Randy Peters said.

"It was a huge win for us," he said. "I thought we went out there with a good bit of intensity at the beginning of the game, but we let them get a couple of touchdowns ahead of us. But we challenged them at halftime and they really responded to the challenge. I think we played great football in the second half."

Northwood enters the game with a 7-2 record and heading to the playoffs.

"Northwood has a real good football team," Peters said. "And they're playing good football right now. They're probably the best looking team, athlete-wise since I've been here. It's going to be another challenge for us, but I think our guys will have some fire in them and they'll want to end the season on a big note. So I expect us to go out and play hard."

Northwood has enjoyed a resurgence on offense this season, led by starting quarterback Jerrick Peterson. Peterson has passed for 1,760 yards and 21 touchdowns this year, and has added 574 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Peterson's top two targets are wide receivers Malcolm Williams (48 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns) and Martavious Washington (39 for 619 and seven scores).

"They're basically a spread team," Peters said. "They'll go from a full set to an empty back set. Their quarterback is a good looking athlete. He's a big kid and he runs the ball real well, so when they run the empty backfield the running threat is still there. They also have a couple of big receivers that really do a good job catching the football."

Defensively, the Falcons run a four-man front and switch coverages in the secondary. Linebacker Brandon Spikes leads the team in tackles with 72 and Slade Baker leds the team with 6 1/2 sacks.

The Tide defense played well last week against Benton, especially the second half. And they will have to play that way again tonight if they want to get the win. But that's only one half of the coin.

The Tide's offense, which has struggled this season, must perform as they did in the second half last week. Quarterback Turner Francis threw for 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns. If he and the offense can put up similar numbers tonight, the Tide might just get their second win of the season.

 

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