The 1-3 (0-2) Hudson Tigers will try to keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on the 0-4 (0-2) Erie-Mason Eagles. The Tigers running game has seen less and less production each week and their defense has been gashed as of late as well. Can they tighten up on both aspects this week?
Erie-Mason has faced two teams from the Tri-County Conference in their non-conference games to start the year and saw both of teams handle them. Their first game was against the Summerfield Bulldogs who sent the Eagles home with a 26-7 defeat. The other was a home blow out from the Whiteford Bobcats of 26-0.
They went back on the road to begin conference play and saw the Dundee Vikings man handle the Eagles 43-7.
Last week they played their only competitive game of the year. This was a home game against the Ida Bluestreaks. They still lost by 13 in that game though as Ida won 27-14.
This is a game that the Hudson defense needs. They are playing against a team that doesn’t have a great offense, so they should be able to figure some things out this week. Erie-Mason has only managed to score 28 points this year, which averages to be 7 points a game. Hudson’s defense is giving up 24.8 points a game, but they have played some offenses who have clicked against it. In their first game, they played a struggling offense in the Addison Panthers and shut them out. I think the Eagles offense is quite similar and Hudson should be able to keep them in check. Hudson’s defensive line needs to dominate though and help out that secondary.
I have already touched on the Tigers’ woes on offense as well. They rushed the ball very well in their first week when they dominated Addison. Every week since though, their yards per carry has gone down. Teams have had success slowing down their usually high-powered running attack and have kept it in check. Hudson has been forced to throw the ball more and it has led to turnovers. Hudson’s game is definitely to pass on their terms, not to be forced to. When they do it that way, they usually hit it for big plays and scores. If they can get their running game back in rhythm like its used to, I think they should roll in this one.
Last year when these two teams faced off, Hudson destroyed Erie-Mason 35-0 at home. The game will be played this year at Hudson again, but this isn’t the same Tigers team. I do think though we will see a team more like the Tigers of late than the Tigers of this year. I don’t think they will shut-out them out and I don’t think it will be by such a wide margin, but I still think that Hudson will win this game by a comfortable gap. My prediction is that the Tigers keep their playoff hopes alive with a 28-7 victory.
This game will be played September 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hudson High School in Hudson, Michigan.