A pair of unbeatens in the Iowa Conference meet in Cedar rapids on Saturday as Coe plays host to Central. Both teams are 3-0 and ranked in the top ten of the latest D3football.com poll. Coe is ninth and Central is ranked seventh.
Central coach Jeff McMartin says it’s an exciting game against a ranked team and it’s a big game to play in. He says no matter what happens in this game there is still a lot of season remaining as they will have to wake up Sunday and get ready for the next game win or lose.
Both teams have high powered offenses and it may come down to which defense plays the best. He says they both face offenses that have put a lot of points on the board, so whichever defense makes some key stops will have the advantage. McMartin says The Dutch need to limit big plays and make the Coe offense drive the length of the field.
Despite having an unbeaten record Coe coach Steve Staker feels his team has made too many mistakes. Staker says they want to be in a position to not beat themselves with mistakes and eliminate the mistakes they made in the first three games that they were able to still overcome and win.
Quarterback Brad Boyle leads a Coe offense that averages 45 points and 341 yards of passing per game. He says they’ve been having 7, 8 or 9 receivers touch the ball and Boyle believes in all of them. Staker says their offense is designed to spread the field horizontally and vertically. It has been several years since two Iowa Conference teams meet when they were both ranked in the top ten. Staker says that will make it a premiere game and a fun afternoon for the fans and players.