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Wildcats looking to rebound against Blue Devils on the road

August 31, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer ( , The Alpena News

Alpena football coach Jason Dubey isn't making excuses for his team's 21-0 loss against Escanaba last week.

Instead, he is focusing on getting his team ready for their next game against the Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils.

"We're gonna clean up our offense to help sustain our drives," Dubey said. "Our problem was that we weren't executing or building up any momentum on the offense."

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Alpena receiver Tyler DeCare, right, is hauled down by Escanaba’s John Brant during a footbal game at Wildcat Stadium on Aug. 24.

Alpena plays at Sault tonight at 7 p.m.

Dubey expects a tough, physical game from the Sault dominated by an aggressive running game.

"The Sault are a running team. They don't pass the ball often. They are very physical and we have to be ready for that defensively," he said.

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Alpena at Sault

7 p.m. tonight, Sault High School

Last 5 meetings:

2011: Alpena 27, Sault 19

2010: Alpena 36, Sault 14

2009: Alpena 47, Sault 12

2003: Alpena 62, Sault 6

2002: Alpena 21, Sault 13

Dubey doesn't expect the Sault will use many new strategies offensively from the past few years.

"We've played them before and we know what they bring. They have a great running back and fullback and we are focusing on stopping them," Dubey said.

Dubey's team has also focused on keeping their hands in after suffering two holding penalties which brought back two touchdowns against the Eskymos.

"We didn't have a lot of penalties," he said, "But the ones we did had hurt us."

Quarterback Brady Marwede found last week disappointing after he was 3-of-16 for 13 yards passing with one interception.

"The offense didn't get the job done," Marwede said. "The defense worked hard but they were on the field too long and they got wore down."

Alpena's offense put up 51 total running yards on 16 carries with Ashton Dever leading the team with 33 yards on eight touches.

Marwede echoed his coach's words when discussing what his team has been practicing perfecting since last week's game.

"We got to put in a good effort at finishing our drives and avoiding penalties," Marwede said.

Marwede also ruminated on his progress since last year.

"I'm getting to know the plays better," he said. "I feel like I'm starting to make real progress as a quarterback."



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