LSRV looks to avoid letdown against Meeteetse

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What: Little Snake River Valley School six-man varsity football vs. Meeteetse School

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Meeteetse School, 2107 Idaho St., in Meeteetse, Wyo.

— Admission is free.

With the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man varsity football team’s 13-game winning streak comes budding confidence on both sides of the ball.

However, head coach Mike Bates said if his players plan to keep the streak alive, that confidence must be kept in check.

“I convinced the guys that the biggest enemy and toughest opponent we would have this year is ourselves,” Bates said. “We have to make sure we are prepared for every opponent. We need to have confidence, but not be cocky, or we could let down and let opponents back into games.”

When the Rattlers (3-0) play Meeteetse School at 2 p.m. today on the road, Bates said his team would be in the exact situation he talked about at the beginning of the season.

Meeteetse is 0-3 this season and has only scored 36 combined points.

LSRV has scored 111 points in two games; the Rattlers recorded a win last week due to a forfeit.

With two weeks of practice under the Rattlers’ belt, junior nose guard Jacob Ready said the team would be ready to play today.

“I don’t think not playing a game last week is really going to affect us,” Ready said. “We were able to get more practice in and better prepare us for a road game.”

The trip from Baggs, Wyo., to Meeteetse is about five hours.

Bates said going up the night before helps avoid any kind of traveling woes on the field.

“Traveling can definitely affect a team because going from sitting on a bus for five or six hours to sprinting is bad and can cause cramps,” he said. “Going up the night before I think makes the game more of a home game because we are already there and don’t have to travel to get to the game the day of.”

When Meeteetse is on offense, Bates said he expects a lot of motion so they are able to read the Rattlers’ coverage.

“I think they mainly run motion so they can find out if we are running man or zone coverage,” he said. “We run zone, so we just have to make sure our outside linebackers’ heads are on a swivel so they know what to do.”

The Rattlers allowed only 30 points in their two games, with many of those points coming against the junior varsity defense.

Ready said each defensive player knows his assignment, making for a better defensive performance.

“We have one of the best defenses in the state because we all know our duties,” he said. “We are confident in what we run and we are smart, so it makes for a successful combination.”

Offensively, Bates said he is looking to put the ball in the air more.

The Rattlers are averaging about 340 rushing yards per game, but Bates said giving junior quarterback Zach Filip a chance to air it out against Meeteetse should help make for a more balanced attack.

“We still want to run for 150 to 200 yards, but I have wanted to pass the ball more in games,” he said. “I think Meeteetse is a good team to do that against and it can help build Zach’s confidence for future games.”

Despite Meeteetse’s record, Ready said no one on the team is looking past today’s opponent.

“We are going to go into this game like we go into every game,” he said. “Sure, we are the No. 1 team in the state, but we can’t have a letdown and have to continue to play hard.”

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