"We've been a lot of wars this year. We haven't scored a ton of points, but we played good defense, and this is the type of game we have to win," he said.
He also said, "(Southern Columbia) brings a lot of pressure and you can't replicate that in practice. They have some great athletes over there making plays."
His Southern counterpart, whose Tigers beat the Jays for the 16th year in a row, agreed that the defenses were outstanding.
"It was one of those games where, (when) you look at it right after it's over and you're kind of disappointed, but you see a lot of positives, and the big one is he way the defense played. And that was a point of emphasis all year. That was one of the best performances (on defense) all year," he said.
BRINGING THE HEAT: Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth said it isn't always necessary to sack the quarterback, but getting pressure is the key. He noted that on their two late red-zone stops, the Tigers gave Thivierge no time, and took away his line of sight to his receivers.
"We were able to get pressure and he wasn't comfortable. He couldn't step into the throw and he didn't have real good vision either because we were getting close to him."
Roth added, "Hopefully we grow from it and move on from here, continue to ploy the way we played (Friday) night defensively, and try to get a little sharper on what we are trying to do offensively, and get a little better up front."