Offense wins games and defense wins championships. That is how the saying goes, but it isn’t necessarily the case. The 0-1 Sand Creek Aggies scored 49 points last week when they played the Laingsburg Wolfpack, yet they still lost the game 56-49. Offense like that is great, but if you can’t stop your opponent it means nothing. They are going to look to change that though this week when they play the 0-1 Dundee Vikings.
Lucky for Sand Creek, the Vikings had trouble moving the ball against the Grass Lake Warriors. They did score a touchdown late in the game to get on the board, but it wasn’t enough for the big 2nd quarter that the Warriors had. Dundee lost this game 19-7. Grass Lake did post a balanced offense of 148 rushing yards and 195 passing yards. This could be an issue for Dundee.
Defensively Sand Creek just needs to show up. They did run into an issue that the Wolfpack had a tall receiver who had no problem hauling in passes over the much shorter defensive backs. The passing game opened up the ability to run, especially for their quarterback. Sand Creek does have a solid defensive line and I believe that they need to get after the quarterback and keep him moving. The ends will need to keep him from getting outside though, because that is another thing that killed them in their first game as well. As long as the passing game is in check, the line should be able to slow down the running game.
Offensively I think Sand Creek will be just fine. When you put up 407 yards of total offense, you’re doing something right. Much of that was on the ground where they ranked up 344 yards. With the combination of Kolton Alcock, Elliot Rains and the other backs, they should be able to wear out the Dundee defense. Alcock isn’t the greatest passer, but I believe if the run game works like it did last week, it definitely should loosen up the coverage a bit.
These two teams didn’t play last year, but with the game in Sand Creek, I look for them to win it. I think the team they ran into week one had the one glaring weakness the Aggies have and that is the inexperience and the lack of the size in the secondary. I don’t see Dundee having anyone to exploit this weakness. They had issues moving the ball consistently against Grass Lake and I think they will have a similar problem against Sand Creek. I see the Aggies’ defense stepping up this week and shutting them down. My prediction is the Aggies win this game 28-7 and move to .500.
This game will be played on Thursday August 30th, at 7:00 p.m. at Sand Creek High School.