The Springfield Foxes take their unblemished record and no. 13 national ranking to Monona, WI to take on the Warriors this Saturday night. After a big win last week, where the Foxes shutout the two time defending MSFL Champion Roscoe Rush 27-0, they are looking to keep the momentum going against the Warriors.
The Foxes 4-0 (2-0) are not resting on their record setting performance last week, which saw QB Drew Fendrich set the team record for most passing yards in a game (271 yards) and the longest interception return in MSFL history (103 yards) by Marcell Phiffer, as they travel the 5 1/2 hour trip to the suburb of Madison. "We had a great perormance last weekend against the Rush", says coach Kirkendoll, "but in this league, road games are tough, no matter who you play." The Warriors 3-1 (1-1) have one common opponent with the Foxes so far this year, they also have played the Rush, trialing 28-0 at halftime, they came back against the rush back-ups to make it respectable at 28-20. "This team is very quick, a lot of athletes, this may be the quickest team we have seen so far this season, so like every week in this league, we need to bring our best to the table and just play Foxes football." adds Kirkendoll, which no doubt must mean a lot of defense.
The Foxes defense is ranked #2 in the league, while the offense sits at #1 averaging over 400 yards per game. Kirkendoll says, "This week, the defense needs to be at the forefront, we tend to focus a little more on offense with all of the wweapons we have, but the defense is what is going to win the tight games for us." That defense forced 3 turnovers, scored on the final play of the game, and is gicing up under 10 points per game this year. This defense is led by Chris Rude (16 tackles) and Craig Rolfe (13)tackles, Nick Gunn and Marcell Pfiefer (1 int each), and Steve Crutchfield and Darion Pfiefer with a sack each.
The offense, led by Fendrich, has taken off , breaking records every game thus far. With so many weapons on this side of the ball, the Warriors may find themselves trying to keep their heads from spinning, especially when #32 has the ball. Courtney Molton, the Foxes running back, has been a tough man to bring down this year, just ask the Rush. Molton was seen making juke after juke Saturday night to produce some big gains, especially in the second half, when the Foxes were trying to run some of the clock out. On the outside, Fendrich looks for his former Millikin teamate, Chris Hampton to bring in the big plays. Hampton had 2 touchdown last week with 140 yards.
Game time is 5p.m. in Monona. The Foxes travel to the currently unbeaten Joliet Bucs next week, before returning to Central Illinois to host the Lincoln-Way Patriots @ SHG Stadium on the 11th of August. That will be the first game at the new SHG Stadium and will be on at 6:45 on Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR.