TIPTON — The Tipton Cardinals (1-1) are looking to get back in the win column as they get ready to face the Windsor Greyhounds (2-0) on the the road.
The Cardinals are coming off a 60-16 loss at North Callaway, while the Greyhounds are coming off a 42-25 win against Cole Camp.
Tipton head coach Tony Braby said North Callaway was able to run the ball down Tipton's throat.
"I don't think they threw a pass unless it was for a 2-point conversion the whole night, they did not need to, they just ran the ball at us," Braby said.
For the second week in a row, Tipton allowed a kick return for a touchdown in their loss to North Callaway. Braby said the team needs to not look for the big hit when covering a kick return.
"We need to get into great position and break down two to three yards in front of (the returner) and not wait for him to make the next move as we gather our team," Braby said. "We are a little bit too spread out. We've got to come together and get get a little bit more help from the back side."
Starting quarterback, Blake Fischer had a strained knee and was unable to play vs North Callaway. Braby said the team is unsure when he will be back.
Dylan Kuttenkuler started at quarterback. Braby said it was the first time Kuttenkuler played a complete varsity game.
"(Kuttenkuler) is a very good and capable quarterback," Braby said. "I was really comfortable with him handling the quarterback chores."
Titpon also lost their starting center Macen Mannering to a knee injury and the team is still waiting to hear about his status for this week and the remainder of the season. Dalton Burnett took over at center for the Cardinals during the game against North Callaway.
Braby said the team is working on shoring up mistakes to make the team more efficient.
Heading into the game against Windsor, Braby said that the team should expect to deal with Windsor's really good athletes.
"They are still a fairly young team but they have had a heck of a run at the Junior High conference competition level and being bigger and faster than a lot of people and right now they are going through some really good athletes," Braby said. "They are one of the top teams in the conference."
Braby said Windsor is a team you have to play near perfect against if you expect to be successful.
"You've got to have good field position, you can't turn the ball over, and you got to be on your 'A' game," Braby said. "Any mistakes that you make (Windsor) is very capable of capitalizing on those mistakes and turning them into points. They don't make a lot of mistakes themselves. If we are going to have a chance late in the fourth quarter we are going to have to play near perfect game and hopefully we catch them on an off night."