The 2-3 (1-2) Hudson Tigers thought their season would be much different than it has been. Last year they made it to state semi-finals and bringing back most of their offensive line, they thought that the new running backs would step in and not miss a beat. That hasn’t been the case and they are clinging to their slim chance of making the playoffs. Their next test will be in the form of the 4-1 (2-1) Ida Bluestreaks.
The Bluestreaks started their season off on the road traveling to the Flat Rock Rams. This was a close game that saw Ida sneak out with a 12-7 victory.
Ida came home for two games against the Summerfield Bulldogs and the Onsted Wildcats. They defeated the Bulldogs 30-15 and took the game against the Wildcats 12-7. The game against Onsted also marked the beginning of conference play for the Bluestreaks.
From there, they went back on the road as they traveled to Erie to play the Erie-Mason Eagles. They took that one 27-14.
The Bluestreaks suffered their first defeat last week at home against the Dundee Vikings. The Vikings couldn’t be slowed as they defeated the Bluestreaks by a margin of 34-14.
I believe the Hudson defense is going to need to play as they did in their two wins. In both of those games they have shut down the team’s running games and forced them to pass. It has led to turnovers and extra possessions for their offense. The problem is that the two teams they have defeated are both not very good. In their three losses, the other teams has been able to move the ball at will and force Hudson’s offense to do what they don’t want to. A problem that can arise though for Hudson would be if Ida’s passing game can find some success, it could create some room for the running game. It will fall on the Tigers’ defense line to create havoc.
The Tigers’ offense needs to run the ball. In their two victories, they have moved the ball for 5+ per carry and have played ahead of the chains. There is a correlation between if Hudson throws the ball more, than they are struggling. They can’t be forced into it, because it will gain a lot of yards, but it also means they are behind and they aren’t having success at running it. Hudson is stronger when they throw on their terms. The line needs to open up holes for Alex Messer their quarterback and the team of backs they have, led by Shay McDaniel. If the line can open holes, this offense can keep them in the game and put pressure on Ida.
Last year when these two teams played, the game was in Hudson and the Tigers blew out the Bluestreaks 55-0. I don’t think that is going to be what happens this year.
This isn’t the same Hudson team as last year and I think Ida is very similar team as they were last year. I think that since Ida has been playing better defense that will be a key. I think Hudson will be able to move the ball, but I think they will lose in a close one and since Ida has played in a lot of close games, that will be an advantage for them. My prediction for the game will be that Ida wins 35-27.
This game will be played on Friday September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Hudson High School in Hudson, Michigan.