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November 7, 2013

District title on the line in Tuttle-Blanchard showdown



The Lions won that game against Jones 21-7, and the most points they have ever let up came in the Mount St. Mary match last week that they won 54-21. Other than that, the Lions defense has been dangerously solid.

"We're quite a bit better on defense this year," Craig said. "Our offense is not as prolific as it was last year, but we're productive. We're not as scary, but we post a different kind of threat."

Leading that threat is senior running back Braden Stringer, who recorded 201 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in last week's win. With fellow senior Braden Bush and quarterback Blake Owen also known for being quick on their feet, Koons said the Tigers are focussed on stopping the run.

"They're a little different in that they don't throw as much," Koons said. "The quarterback runs more, and their wide receivers do a great job of blocking when they do things like bubble screens. When they spread you out, they spread you out to run the ball."

Tuttle also relies on a strong running game with senior Jesse Gregory providing the foundation. They'll need to be on top of their game to come out and get a win that could spell future playoff success.

"There's a little bit more on the line," Koons said. "But, all of these last district games have been important. If we can win it, we have a chance to go into the playoffs with home field advantage, and that's important. We are thankful to be in the playoffs, but it would be nice to be district champs."

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