Concordia football coach Vance Winter did not need to reach into his bag of tracks to motivate his team for Saturday’s game. Ranked 16th in the latest NAIA poll, The Bulldogs visit fifth rated Doane in a key Great Plains Conference battle. Both teams are 3-0.
“I just sit there and look through their two-deeps and think about all the guys that played against each other in high school and their coaching staff and our coaching staff have known each other for a long time”, said Winter. “We are excited about the opportunity and there is a lot of juice to this game for sure.”
This game will pit a Concordia defense that is giving up just over 12 points per game against a Doane offense that is averaging 43 points per game. Winter says the combination of All-American running back Nate Meier and quarterback Jack Shadley are difficult to contain. Meier has rushed for three touchdowns and while Shadley has passed for six touchdowns and rushed for three more.
The Concordia offense will need to protect the football against a Doane defense that has generated 12 turnovers in three games.
“And they have taken advantage of it over and over again in the first three games”, added Winter. “A big key for us is taking care of the football, sustaining some drives and winning the field position battle.”