Bobcats had an extra week to prepare for Needles

Robert Switzer photo Nate Laity rushes the passer in a White Pine home game.

Robert Switzer photo
Nate Laity rushes the passer in a White Pine home game.

The White Pine High School Bobcats are fully rested and ready to play for a division title against Needles at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. With a win, the Bobcats will secure their first division title since they went undefeated in 2011.

The Bobcat’s had extra time to prepare for the final regular season game after Calvary Chapel Christian forfeited their Oct. 23 game.

“We’re as prepared as we can get coming off an extra week of practice,” Bobcats head coach Quinn Ewell said.

The coach said that the keys to beating the Mustang team will be to take advantages of “mismatches” that the Bobcats have studied through two weeks of game film.

Ewell said that one advantage his team has against the visiting Mustangs is that the Bobcats don’t have a single player that Needles can focus on shutting down.

“One of the biggest things us coaches have seen from this year’s team us that no one player dominates the stats each week. Between our running backs and wide receivers we’ve been really equal. That’s going to make it tough for them because we have a lot of weapons,” the coach said,

The winner of the game will break a three-way tie for first place in the Division III Southern Football standings, between Needles, White Pine and Lincoln, who are all tied at 6-1 in conference play. White Pine holds the tie breaker over Lincoln from beating them 26-22 on Sept. 11.

“This is going to be a really tough game. I’ve been trying to relay that to the players. Needles likes to play smash mouth football, all their players are going to hit hard, so we just have to hit them hard back.”

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