Yerington game a second chance |

Yerington game a second chance

Michael Traum

One team will come away with a win.

For the Whittell Warriors (0-1) and Rite Of Passage (0-1), Saturday’s contest in Yerington represents the chance to get the season back on track following blow-out losses in week one.

The Warriors fell to Boulder City, 33-6, while the Raiders were were thumped by Yerington, 58-6.

“They’ll thing they have a good chance to win after what happened to us last week. But we’ve got a good chance, too,” said Whittell coach Butch Cattanach. “They’ll be fired up, playing at home. If we can keep our composure in that environment, we’ll be right in there.”

The Warriors will have to once again control the line of scrimmage, something that Boulder City exploited last weekend. But the Raiders, which lack a dominating inside game, will pose more of an outside threat with their speed and skill players.

Cattanach said a week of hard, focused practice, including extra conditioning to counter the forecasted heat, should have his Warriors ready to put a ‘W’ in the books.

“We worked all week on containing their outside speed and long-ball threat. We watched the (B.C.) film and our kids were a bit disappointed with their performance. We’ve got to play our responsibilities.”

On the offensive side, the Warriors will open up Trent Gordon’s passing game and have inserted more misdirection in order to give running backs Matt Raab and Ryan McMillen better chances to get through the holes.

“We can’t wait until it’s forced upon us (having to open the offense). The thing we’re stressing to the kids is improving, not the winning. If we can maintain our intensity, it’d be nice to get a win.”

Game time is 1:30 p.m.

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