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Wildcats have high hopes tonight vs. Petoskey

October 11, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News

With only two games left, the Alpena football team's season is soon coming to an end. It's been a season of ups-and-downs and only one win but head coach Jason Dubey remains positive about the rest of the season.

"It's great to be back at home for the last two games," Dubey said. "It'll be great to finish off the season in front of our fans."

Alpena hosts Petoskey tonight at 7 p.m.

Dubey reiterated his goal to play spoiler for the rest of the season.

"We're playing two great teams, two potential playoff teams and it's going to be tough but we're going to play our best and keep getting better every day," Dubey said.

In spite of only earning one win this season, the Wildcats have played strong at various points. They certainly more than held their own at home against Cheboygan in the first half before they fell apart in the second.

Fact Box

Petoskey (4-3) at Alpena (1-6)

7 p.m. tonight; Wildcat Stadium

Notes: Petoskey has won the last five meetings between the two schools and won 55-7 last year...A win will give Petoskey at least five wins for the fifth year in a row...Offensively, Alpena is averaging just over nine points a game while the Northmen are averaging 24 points a game.

Dubey singled out this inconsistency as the number one problem his team ran into throughout the year.

"We played great that first half, but stopped following through with our drives. We became inconsistent and stopped executing," Dubey said. "We work on that every practice and it's our goal to execute more properly with each new game."

Petoskey is a team that runs often, but Dubey said his team is used to teams like this and believes his defense is strong enough to stop the run.

"Petoskey has an excellent quarterback and they play a tough running game," he said. "They go for three to four yards per play. We're focusing on stopping the running game and cultivating our own."

Dubey especially found strength in his defense against Escanaba and Gaylord and praised his special teams.

"The special teams have remained consistent all year," he said. "They're 2-0 in field goals and have played strong and consistent all year."

After tonight's game, Alpena closes out the season against Ogemaw Heights next week.



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