West, SPASH Set for Thursday Night Lights

Wausau West is coming off a big 10-9 win against Marshfield, their first win against the Tigers in 11 years.

"We just knew we were going to win the entire week long, we never heard anything different, we're really confident now going into the next game against spash. They're a tough team so we're pretty confident going into SPASH, we're ready to go," said West senior Cole Radloff.

"We always talk about repetition, passion, and confidence and you know with coming off that type of win you develop more confidence and the passion gets even greater, and we want to keep repping the fundamentals with the basics of the game," said West head coach Kevin Grundy.

A challenging start to the season for West, Marshfield was the defending VFA South co-champ along with SPASH, who the warriors will host this week.

"We just gotta run our stuff well. On defense we need to go through their scout plays and stuff and we'll get over the top on the pass plays and we'll know what we're doing, we'll be ready for that," said West senior Kallen Bentz.

The Warriors have lost 9 of the last 10 battles against SPASH, that win coming in 2010, and the Panthers continue to look tough this year after a shut out 21-nothing win over rival DC Everest.

"Anytime your defense can pitch a shut out like that you have to feel good about it, and coming into game one there are a lot of unknowns, so we hope we were able to take a step forward," said SPASH head coach Pete McAdams.

"I think they're a good team, obviously, they beat Marshfield who is supposed to be the top team in our conference, you know any given Sunday, in this case Thursday, said SPASH senior Sean Van Helden.

Both teams have the same goal, and that's to improve to 2-0 on the season.

"I think eliminating mistakes, you know we made a lot of mistakes offensively, and mistakes on special teams on opening night so we want to eliminate our mistakes coming into game 2," said McAdams.

"We're playing for each other, we have each other's backs. I dont care what system you run or what you're doing everybody has to care about each other and we have to play as a team," said Grundy.

Do the Warriors have another upset in them? We'll find out Thursday night.

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