Juggernaughts prepare to contend with evil forces
By RACHEL BIBER
The Juggernaughts of Knott Hall will try to contend with evil forces of Zahm in their match-up Sunday.
"Zahm is known for their evil tendencies," said Mario Suarez, captain and quarterback of the Juggernaughts, "and they definitely show it on the football field."
Both teams head into this weekend's game with 0-1 records and are looking to put one in the win column.
"I expect a good game," noted Zahm captain Mike Garko. "They have a good defense."
After a week of practice, the Zahmbies will not alter their approach for Sunday's game, Garko explained.
However, it seems last week's defeat has taken a toll on Knott.
"We only had five guys at our last practice," said Suarez, "And we're struggling to recoup."
Suarez sees the "Red Swarm" defense as a definite threat, and is ready for the fierceness the dorm displays every year.
"Zahm is usually good, but we're looking to solidify our defense and move the ball consistently on offense," he said.
Siegfried vs. Fisher
The Ramblers of Siegfried hope to feed off their emotional high from last Sunday's 3-0 defeat over rival Knott Hall to secure a second win over 1-0 Fisher.
"The win got our team up," said Siegfried quarterback Rob Plumby. "The attitude of our team is high."
Plumby noted that his offense could have contributed more in the battle against Knott, but is confident his team — offense and defense — will produce on Sunday.
"Knott was a big game," said Plumby, "and it was a hard-hitting game."
The Ramblers scoped out Fisher's play during last week's match-ups, and plans to adjust accordingly.
"We look to change up our defense to adjust to Fisher's tendencies," noted Plumby. "We adjusted our offense."
Fishers captain Dean Korolis is confident the Green Wave will imitate last week's winning play.
"Our focus is to manage long consistent offensive drives, and play good defense again," he said. However, Korolis said he hopes to see his team unveil some surprises on Sunday and "show new looks" to secure a win and remain undefeated.
"They should be a good team, and we'll see how it goes on Sunday," Korolis said.
Sorin vs. St. Ed's
Sorin's Screaming Otters hope to support another offensive show starring Greg "Hollywood" Carney and quarterback Luke Beuerlein this Sunday as they face off against 0-1 St. Edward's Hall.
"We are staying with what we did last week," said Sorin captain Fred Faber.
However, the team still seems to be celebrating last week's victory over Zahm, evidenced by low practice attendance.
"This week of practice has been terrible," noted Faber. "We've had less than half of the team for practices."
"This week's practice has been intense," said captain Nick Sciola, "and we're trying to stay focused."
Sciola hopes to erase the curse of bad showings in second games that has plagued his team in recent years. "We are usually bad after the first or second game," said Sciola. "We are keeping our mindset."
"We'll try to run the ball," Faber said. "Running defense is something we want to prove."
After a poor offensive show in last week's loss, Sciola knows his team has to improve in order to lock up a win.
"We need more production from the offense since we haven't scored yet," said Sciola. "We need to start right away against Sorin."
St. Ed's spirits are high despite a disheartening first-game loss, and they expect to stand as a threat to Sorin.
"Our morale is high," Sciola said, "and people are expecting victory."
All Sports Stories for Friday, September 24, 1999