A look at the HRV football schedule earlier in the season may have told the Eagles that they would have a cakewalk in the final two weeks.
But, after looking at the teams on the field of battle, Crook County and Mountain View have proven that they are anything but creampuffs or league doormats.
In fact, Mountain View, now with a record of 4-2 after Friday’s surprising win over Bend, could still wind up as the Intermountain Conference’s No. 2 seed with a win over HRV on Friday night.
What the Cougars don’t know, however, is that the Eagles have no plans of relinquishing their home-game opportunity for the first round of playoffs.
“We’re going to be No. 2 and no one is going to stop us,” said senior running back Jacobe Krizman. “We’re more motivated than ever this week, and everyone here wants nothing more than to host a playoff game.”
The Eagles will be hoping for another big game from Krizman, who crossed the 300-yard mark for the fourth time this season in last Friday’s win over Crook County.
They will have to do it against the IMC’s second-rated defense — one that has allowed just 129 points in eight games.
But this game means even more than a No. 2 seed for the Eagles. A win would help vanquish the demons that have haunted them against the Cougars over the past two seasons.
“We’re looking for a little revenge,” said lineman Nate Dethman. “And we want to take ‘em out early.”