FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Sabers, Bobcats look to start season fresh

Both Manistee Catholic Central and Brethren want to forget about week one as they play each other in a crucial early-season game for both teams on Thursday.

Neither team started  the season off on the right foot on Friday with the Sabers falling to Hale 78-22 and the Bobcats falling to Fife Lake Forest Area 68-14.

After the crushing losses both teams want to put that behind them and hit the reset button on the fall season. Despite the losses, both coaches want to take as much as they can from the games.

Brethren turned the ball over six times, while MCC was shutout in the second half.

“Honestly, I think it was a memorable game,” Brethren coach Alvin Rischel said. “We need to go back and we’ve watched film. We need to go back and look at the things that we did down. Quite frankly, I think we’re a better team than what we showed last week.”

“Last week was the smack in the face that I think we needed,” MCC coach Jake Szymanski said. “We do have a very talented team and we can do some things. To a point they needed that game to really put into perspective about how much work it takes to win a football game.”

A season ago MCC won the game 28-18 after scoring 20 points in the first quarter. Brethren was able to battle back after the slow start, but it was too little, too late.

For the Sabers it was probably the biggest win of the season, while the slow start haunted the Bobcats.

It’s no secret what the two teams will look to do on Thursday. The Sabers will try to use their size on the front to wear the Bobcats down on both sides of the ball, while Brethren will look to get some of their speedy players in the open field on the edge.

“I think they’re going to be a little bit bigger than us inside. We have to get athletes the ball in space,” Rischel said.

“We have to get athletes on the edge. We have the athletes that can make the play. With a fast-paced tempo offense hopefully we can put some pressure on them and show them some things they’re not prepared for.”

The game will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Brethren High School.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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