Chippewas eye fourth straight win

Having already surpassed last year’s win total, Manistee will look to keep things rolling tonight at Chippewa Field.

Coach Tod Miller, however, expects the toughest challenge yet in Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian as his team seeks its fourth straight win.

“We know what we’re facing this week,” he said. “It’s going to be our biggest test of the year.”

The pair of 4-1 teams are slated to kick off at 7 p.m., following a 4 p.m. junior varsity game. Tonight also marks Manistee’s homecoming.

If the Chippewas are going to give their alumni a win to witness, it will start on the defensive end, according to Miller.

Manistee quarterback Tai Allen threw for 155 yards and ran for 141 during last week’s victory over McBain. The Chippewas host Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian tonight. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Manistee quarterback Tai Allen threw for 155 yards and ran for 141 during last week’s victory over McBain. The Chippewas host Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian tonight. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

“We know they’re very physical, solid at every position,” he said of the Mustangs, who are coming off a 48-0 Week 5 win over Wyoming Lee. “Basically, I think our offense is as good or better than theirs, so our defense just has to match their intensity, because they’ve got a really good defense.”

Manistee’s 30-20 victory over McBain last week was perhaps the most impressive to date under Miller, who is currently in his second season.

“I was very happy with the McBain game,” he said of his team’s third straight win. “We played a much bigger, more physical team than we’ve played all year and we responded.”

The Chippewas’ balanced attack amassed 243 yards on the ground, 141 of which were gained by sophomore quarterback Tai Allen who also threw for a career-high 155 yards. Senior running back Jake Williams was the focus of the Rambler defense, but still finished with two scores on 73 yards, and Brandon Wick led the receiving core with 94 yards on seven receptions.

There probably isn’t a better all-around performance to be coming off of, but Miller hopes the team is prepared to take another step forward.

“I think it’s our biggest game of the year,” he said. “I think it’s the best opponent we’re going to face, and I think it will be a true measuring stick to how far we’ve come.

“I know we’re playing some good football, but we have to take it to another level to become a great football team. This is going to show us where we’re at and where we need to go.”

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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