CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Eagles have been preparing all week for its toughest challenge this season on the football field.
The Eagles — 10-0 after last week’s 21-6 win over Evart — will face former Central Michigan Athletic Conference rival Pewamo-Westphalia (9-1) in a Division 7 district final tonight at home.
A win tonight would give the Carson City-Crystal Eagles its first football district title since 1999.
“P-W is everything as advertised. They are big, physical and athletic,” Pringle said. “We’ve kind of played that little brother relationship to them for a few years. They are the big brother and it’s been a long time since we beat them.”
The Eagles have not defeated the Pirates since 1995 (46-43), a streak that stands at 14 games.
Pewamo-Westphalia has been to the postseason every year, but once (2003) since 1998. They are two years removed from a loss to Saginaw Nouvel in the Division 7 state final.
“Outside of the Carson City-Crystal area no one thinks we can win. We have 28 kids and six coaches that think we can win this game,” Pringle said. “We are 10-0 for a reason. Win, lose or draw our kids won’t be intimidated and won’t back down.”
Pringle said his team has been more physical this week and that will help the Eagles against the Priates.
“Evart was very physical and they came at us hard,” Eagles coach Devin Pringle said. “We weren’t quite ready to respond to that early. We can be more physical and we really have to start that this week.
“We seen a little more of our kids getting back to basics this week and getting aggressive. We think that’s going to help us this week,” he added.
Pewamo-Westphalia defeated Saugatuck 57-21 last week. They did so with backup quarterback Trey Bauer under center. This week, senior quarterback Kyle Nurenberg (1,600 yards of total offense this year) will be running the offense.
“The kid they put in was pretty darn good. Their starter is good and they are good in every position,” Pringle said. “We only control what we do. Our kids have had a great week of practice and preparation.
“The reality is, if we play our game and play well, we think we have a chance to compete,” he added.
The Eagles were ranked eighth in the final Associated Press Division 7 football poll. The Pirates were tied for fifth.
The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of Bath/Harbor Beach in the regional final next week. Tonight’s kickoff is at 7 p.m.