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September 26, 2013

Strong Medina offense readies for stingy Burgard D

MEDINA —

The Medina football team has had little trouble offensively so far this season, putting up 48, 44 and 40 points in its first three games, en route to a 3-0 record and No. 9 ranking in the local small schools coaches poll.

Burgard's defense has had the opposite effect on opposing offenses. The Bulldogs have yet to yield a point, shutting out Bennett, Albion and Lew-Port in the season's first three weeks. Burgard is also 3-0, and ranked No. 5 in the same poll.

When the two teams meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Burgard, something's got to give.

"To this point, they're definitely the best team that we'll have faced," Medina head coach Eric Valley said. "They've got three shutouts under their belt, but we've been able to put up some points ourselves. It's a great matchup for high school football."

Valley said the Bulldogs defense doesn't have any one player that stands out, but instead includes a variety of fast, physical players that can cause turnovers and make it difficult for opposing offenses to get in a rhythm.

To prepare, the Mustangs have stuck to the fundamentals this week, focusing on what they do best and hoping to avoid costly mistakes on the field.

In Burgard's first two victories, over Bennett and Albion, the team forced a combined 10 turnovers. That's not a statistic that Valley and his staff are taking lightly in the Mustangs' practice and preparation.

"All those turnovers, the second game they scored two defensive touchdowns, and they force those mistakes on other teams," Valley said. "Obviously we need to try to limit those mistakes against a defense as good as that."

But the Medina offense has been no slouch of its own, as junior quarterback Jason Hellwig has directed an explosive attack that involves multiple threats, such as Munjie Brown, Kyle Barna and Dylan Lewis.

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