“They like to run (the ball),” Cameron said. “Our first job will be to force them to throw the ball. When they throw the ball, we need to make sure we get our (defensive backs) in protection and go for some interceptions. We need to stop the pass.”
Stopping the run was an issue last week for East Juniata as Tri-Valley quarterback Hunter Harner ran for 155 yards and two scores and Tanner Coleman added 105 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers started their season with two straight wins before dropping their last two.
“I hope the kids realize we just played two tough teams who are still undefeated,” Cameron said.
Last season, the Indians came into Beaver Springs and handed the Tigers a 42-6 loss behind 139 yards and four scores from Neil Bodley.
A large part of this season’s success for East Juniata has been dynamic all-purpose back David Brantley. Perhaps committed to stopping Brantley, Tri-Valley was able to keep Brantley out of the end zone for the first time this season in a shutout victory.
The rivalry between the two schools is not limited to solely the players from East Juniata who attend school in McAlisterville.
“The Midd-West kids want to get this win as much as the (East Juniata) kids,” Cameron said. “It goes vice versa. Juniata will come out tough and ready to hit and they will fight to the end.”