No. 8 CC-Crystal preps for playoff game

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:53 am on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Carson City-Crystal’s Robert Failing runs for a touchdown during a game this season. The Eagles face Evart on Friday in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs.

CARSON CITY — Carson City-Crystal’s football team has been getting ready for their first game of the Division 7 playoffs all week.

The Eagles will be facing an Evart team that defeated Montabella last week. So CC-Crystal coach Devin Pringle has a good idea about the Wildcats.

“They’re a pretty physical group,” Pringle said of Evart. “One thing that’s consistent across the tapes we’ve seen is that they will come up and hit you.”

The tapes have also shown they have a good offense, according to Pringle.

“They (Evart) do a lot of things pretty well,” he said. “They can spread it out and run the football. They can also run in a tight double D and run the ball. They can hit you in different ways. If you take a wrong route or a wrong technique they can make you pay for it.”

Defensively, the Wildcats mix things up, Pringle said.

“We’ve seen a lot of different fronts out of them (Evart),” he said. “We will see something different because of what we run. But the common thing they have is two physical linebackers that are physical. They don’t give up a lot of points.”

In fact, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 278-168 while finishing the season 7-2.

“They (Evart) lost to a couple of good teams,” Pringle said.

Evart lost to Beal City 46-14 and Lake City 41-21.

The Eagles, ranked eighth in Division 7 in the final Associated Press Top 10 poll, will have to keep the ball if they want to win, Pringle said.

“The single biggest things for us is turnovers. We can’t give them (Evart) a short field,” he said. “We build our house on running the ball and running the lock down. We need to have some turnovers (taken) and keep the time of possession in our favor. But I like our chances.”

Pringle said there are some things CC-Crystal have been working on that hasn’t been on the film the Wildcats are looking at on the Eagles.

“The nice thing is we’ve had an opportunity to do quite a few things offensively that we haven’t had to dive into yet,” he said. “We have a few things we have reserved that if we needed to push another button and we can do that. Especially in the playoffs the things that (used to) work won’t. So we’re going to have a couple of different sets that we’ll be ready to go if we need them.”

The game begins at 7 p.m.

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