It is a big week for Swedish football when they take on the Mitchell Tigers in the homecoming match on October 1 at Gothenburg High School.
The Tigers give a 3-2 record to the city and coach Craig Haake said that the Swedes would look to get their first win of the season this week by implementing a simple game plan.
“It will depend on whoever can run the ball and not turn it will win,” he said.
Haake went on to say that the Tigers have struggled this season and as a team they are not as fast as what the Swedes have seen in previous matches.
“They are big, it’s nothing new to us,” he said. “If we can maintain our driving game, we will be successful.”
Thinking about the game ahead and the festivities and excitement surrounding Homecoming Week, Haake said his goal was to keep the team focused on football.
“It’s the same message I tell them every year,” he said. “What people remember is the game. Many guys will not remember who the royalty is in 10 years, but they will be able to tell the result of the game. ”
The Swedes kickoff against Mitchell at 18.00 on October 1 at Gothenburg High School.
Gothenburg comes with a difficult 26-5 loss against the Ogallala Indians on September 24 and Haake says that there were some victories that did not win goals in that match.
“We had a 15-play unit and two other seven-play units where we moved the ball well,” he said. “We have some guys who fill up and go up and I think we get good efforts from them. There are only times and places in the game where we are not matched. ”
Haake said that it was a team effort in that the Swedes did not get on the scoreboard, and that the Indians’ ability to drive the ball against Gothenburg played a big factor.
“They found a way to drive the ball,” he said. “They have not been so good at it this season. But we ran the ball well, sometimes we just could not hold it. ”
The Swedes had 106 rushing yards on 29 rushing attempts to 197 rushing yards for the Indians.
Jake Burge accounted for 47 of the rushing yards while Trey Stevens had 38.
Tra Rossell had 26 receiving yards and Bronson Long kicked a 39-yard field goal.
Defensively, the Swedes were led by Sean Meints who had 13 tackles.
Rossell had seven and Bennett Geiken six.