Defense has been a key for Doane this season as the ninth ranked Tigers posted a 9-1 record and earned their first trip to the NAIA playoffs since 1999. That unit will face a new challenge on Saturday when the Tigers visit eighth ranked Tabor College in the opening round.
The Bluejays’ triple option attack averages 274 yards of rushing and 36 points per game and Doane coach Matt Franzen says the key this week is to be assignment sound.
“You have to be smart and make good choices but also tackle well”, said Franzen. “If you miss a tackle and with great athletes in the backfield a big play can hit you quick.”
Doane finished second in the Great Plains Conference after a mistake-filled 55-7 loss at top ranked Morningside.
“To be able to go out and play again is good and we have the opportunity get back on the right track and we don’t have to end the season that way.”
Tabor College is 10-1 and won the Kansas Conference championship.