SSC prepares for second round action

Division 5: Sanford-Meridian (8-2) at Standish-Sterling (10-0) - Friday, Nov. 7, 7 pm


Standish-Sterling has made a habit of not taking anyone lightly this season, and that isn't likely to change for Friday's district championship match-up with Sanford-Meridian.

The Mustangs should provide a better match-up for the Panthers than did Reed City, primarily because Meridian has better team speed than did the Coyotes.

"They have a lot of speed and some very talented players," said SSC coach Paul Walderzak. "Once again, we will have to play well in all aspects."

Probably the fastest Mustang is wide out Dan Rau, who won regional titles in the 100 and 200-meter dashes last spring in races that included the Panthers' Casey Potts, Kevin Reeves and Trent Fouchey. Rau was on the receiving end of a pair of scoring passes from quarterback Alan VanNortwick last week in the first quarter of the Mustangs' 34-7 victory over Tawas.

Running back Matt Bowen has also been a handful, rushing for more than 1,300 yards in 10 games.

Jason Hockemeyer, Dakota Brodsky and Ty Chambers will have the task of leading the Meridian defense against an SSC offense that has been on a roll both on the ground and through the air.

"They'll be a good test for us," Walderzak said. "I expect a great week of practice and another solid effort on Friday night. Even this late in the season we have to keep working to improve our game each week."


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