MASCOUTAH — With the Mascoutah Indians at 2-1 for the first time in recent memory, Indians coach Scott Battas has more to worry about than just the Waterloo Bulldogs on Friday in their MissisSippi Valley Conference opener.
He also is concerned about a possible letdown.
"We feel very good about where we are at this point of the season. It's been a couple of years since we've been 2-1. It's been a work in progress,'' Battas said. "The kids have worked hard to get to this point and so the last thing we want to do is let down.
"Waterloo is always tough and (coach) Dan (Rose) does a good job of getting his kids ready to play. It's kind a blue-collar type game. Just two hard-working football teams going at it.''
Friday's game: Waterloo (1-2) at Mascoutah (2-1), 7 p.m.
Last meeting: Mascoutah defeated Waterloo 33-21. Mascoutah jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as senior quarterback Zach Lindsay threw for 409 yards and five touchdowns.
Bulldogs want to get back on track: A perennial playoff contender, Waterloo will look to get back on track after consecutive losses to Columbia and Carbondale.
"The mistakes have really hurt us. Against Columbia we turned the ball over twice at the 20-yard line and gave them good field position with a short field and then last week against Carbondale we had about a five-minute stretch where we didn't do a very good job of pass defense,'' Waterloo coach Dan Rose said. "The keys to the game against Mascoutah? It might sound simple and cliche, but we can't turn the football over. We can't have a lot of penalties and we have to be able to run the football with a ball-control offense."
Waterloo players to watch: QB Zach Schaab (25 of 58 for 307 yards, 2 TDs, 2 Ints.); RB Rick Wiegand (38 carries for 200 yards, 1 TD); RB Stephen Schad (45 carries for 181 yards); WR Austin Campbell (7 catches for 125 yards, 2 TDs); DB Colton Hearty (28 tackles, 18 solos, 1 Int., 1 fumble recovery); LB: Tyler McIver (27 tackles, 18 solos).
Mascoutah players to watch: QB Tim Parks (37 of 74 for 423 yards, 5 TDs, 3 Ints., 34 carries for 183 yards, 1 TD); RB-LB Misikei Thomson (37 carries for 170 yards, 2 TDs, 32 tackles, 19 solos); WR Andy Norrenberns (5 catches for 112 yards); WR Mike Biekert (12 catches for 95 yards, 1 TD); WR Alex Oltmann (6 catches for 41 yards, 2 TDs); DB Manny Fontenot (28 tackles, 17 solos, 2 fumble recoveries).
Notes: The game also is the third annual Armed Forces Classic. Special Armed Forces Classic T-shirts will be sold with part of the proceeds being donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
The winning team also will be awarded a special Armed Forces Classic trophy. All military personnel with identification will be admitted free.