After a two-week stretch of away games, Alpena football coach Jason Dubey is happy to be playing back in Alpena this week.
"It's always great to be home in front of the fans," Dubey said. "We get to see our friends and family in the bleachers. It really gives us a big boost."
Alpena plays Traverse City West tonight at Wildcat Stadium at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats are going to need a boost. They have suffered three straight loses and have only scored 16 points this season while allowing 103 points.
Dubey remains positive about his team in spite of these setbacks.
"We're getting back to the fundamentals: staying on task, staying on assignment and covering the right man," Dubey said.
Dubey hopes that a return to focus on the running game can help bring his team back on track.
"We're working on establishing our running game while shutting down TC West's," Dubey said. "They run a lot of formations and a lot of runs so we're focusing on learning those plays and adapting to them in practice."
Linebacker Chandler Bloom seconded his coach's statement.
"Every day at practice we run through their plays both on offense and defense," Bloom said. "We run practice games that help us get used to how these plays might happen in a game."
Bloom said team morale remains positive in spite of last week's 47-6 loss against Traverse City Central.
"We got out butts kicked, but we're going to try a lot harder," Bloom said. "We're ready to play and we're ready to step it up."
It would be understandable if Alpena players were feeling frustrated with each other or if there was a lot of finger pointing at practices, but Bloom indicated that this is not the case.
"We stay close as a team," he said. "There are no problems during practice or on the field. We're all friends and we got each others' backs."