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Sherwood hopes for competitive rivalry with Deerfield

October 9, 2007

Albany -- The Deerfield-Windsor football team has had Sherwood-Christian's number the past few years, routinely beating the Eagles by three or more touchdowns, and first-year Sherwood coach Ted Knapp says Friday's game will be a big one.

"It'd be kind of difficult to say it's just another ballgame," says Knapp. "But really, it's not a rivalry at this point. We hope Friday night to establish a rivalry. You got to be competitive for it to be a rivalry."

Deerfield coach Allen Lowe says, "We got to be ready. I know they penciled this thing in, circled it, marked it, what ever you want to say, they've done that to prepare for this game, as we got to get ready to play."

Each team boasts a versatile rushing attack.

Lowe says,"The Knapp kid can really run. He and Jerry Smith give them a two-pronged attack that is very good."

"They've got a three-headed monster now," says Knapp. "They've got a great tailback, and two wingbacks that can just play with anybody."

Both coaches say the fourth quarter will be pivotal.

"We got to hope through the course of four quarters we might wear them down a little bit," says Lowe.

Knapp says, "If we can hang in there until the 4th quarter, and we do some things right, who knows?"

Coach Knapp knows his team is going to have to play mistake free.

"We're going to have to be perfect on defense," says Knapp. "If we're not perfect, they'll make us pay."

Lowe adds, "Cross town rival. Sherwood. We just have to be ready to go."  

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