Despite a 10-2 record, which included an eight-game winning streak and a trip to the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs, last season, Union Grove lost 39-0 at home to Whitewater.
“Last year, I thought they did some things defensively against us that were really good as far as slowing us down and they got big plays on us,” Union Grove coach Paul Burgdorf said. “Defensively, we got to try to keep Whitewater in front of us and not give up big plays. That will be the theme this week.”
Similar to last season, the Wolverines will enter this contest without any losses but just a 3-0 record as opposed to a 2-0 start last year.
“Whitewater is one of the better teams in the region if not the best,” Burgdorf said. “They are traditionally very good up front on both sides of the ball. This year is no different. They look very well-coached and disciplined on both sides of the ball.”
In order to remain amongst the unbeaten teams in the state, Burgdorf believes his team must be able to move the ball on the ground.
“We’ve got to be able to run the ball,” he said. “If we don’t run the ball then it’s going to be a long night for us.”
Union Grove had an effective outing running the ball in a 24-0 win over Forest Park last week. Trevor Gear and Luke Parker both had rushing touchdowns.
“I thought we played good in spots and I thought we were a little sloppy at times,” Burgdorf said. “That is something we can’t afford to do against Whitewater.”
Despite two interceptions, Jonathan Slade did throw a touchdown pass to Caleb Ham.
“We’re happy to be 3-0,” Burgdorf said. “I just think from a coaching perspective you always want to improve so there are things within that 3-0 record that we have to improve on if we want to reach some of our goals at the end of the season.”