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TROJAN FOOTBALL: Trojans ready for 1st round game with Tri-City United

WORTHINGTON -- With the regular season in the rear-view mirror, the Worthington Trojans football team is ready to make a splash in the first round of the Section 3AAA playoffs starting with today's game against Tri-City United.

"If we play like we did against Redwood, we will have a chance," WHS coach Brad Grimmius said. "By winning last Wednesday, our kids have a little more hitch in their giddy-up this week, so it is going pretty good."

Even though Worthington would have been happy to get a higher seed in the section tournament, Grimmius is not too disappointed with drawing Tri-City.

"We weren't crying that we got the sixth seed," Grimmius said, "because now we are going to Tri-City United instead of Fairmont. It is somebody new that we haven't played and the mind set with the players is huge.

"I felt that if we drew Fairmont it would be a "oh, here we go again" kind of mentality," Grimmius said. "But with Tri-City, we don't have a clue who they are and they don't have a clue who we are."

One of the other reasons Grimmius had hoped to end up playing Tri-City United is because he feels the two teams are evenly matched in many areas.

"We feel like we match up with Tri-City pretty well," Grimmius said. "We have to keep executing our offense and our special teams have played a huge role for us the last few weeks, so we have to keep going with that."

When the Trojans' defense takes the field, they are going to need to keep track of the Tri-City running game if they hope to hold their own.

"Our defense is going to be the key to winning this game," Grimmius said. "We have to stop them on defense, because if we don't get them out of the wishbone it is going to be a long night for Trojan football."

On offense, Worthington will rely on its strong running game that came into its own last week against Redwood.

"Our running backs have been executing their fakes really well," Grimmius said. "That is what this offense is built on; it is built on speed and deception."

The Trojans' special teams came to play last week and will have to step up their game once again if they want to pull off the upset this week.

"Our special teams have really come along lately," Grimmius said. "We have had three blocked punts in the last three games. So we have to utilize that and be aware of fakes because Tri-City has run three fakes in the last few games too."

If everything else fails, Worthington will continue to lean on its running game to get it big yards and score points.

"We are who we are and we are not going to get away from that, we are a Trojan team, so we are going to run the football," Grimmius said. "Teams have to adjust to our motion on offense now, so we can kind of dictate how things will go.

"It is a chess game within a chess game. They are going to stack the box, but with us attacking the edges it is going to be a bit of a guessing game for them."

Kickoff for today's game is 7 p.m. in Montgomery.

Daily Globe Reporter Jordan Willi

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