BRIGHTON — The Brighton soccer crew has gotten two weeks of movie on tonight’s opponent, East Kentwood, after the Falcons performed Rockford the final two weeks.
However, coach Brian Lemons says, that solely goes to date.
“Every bit of movie helps, however you need to come out on Friday night time and attempt to execute the perfect you possibly can,” he mentioned.
The Bulldogs (Eight-2) are residence in opposition to the Falcons (6-Four) in a district soccer ultimate tonight at Brighton Excessive Faculty. The sport can be broadcast on The Livingston Submit beginning at 6:45 p.m. Click here for the broadcast link.
The Falcons performed Rockford the final two weeks, dropping 17-7 within the ultimate week of the common season, then upsetting the Rams final week 36-12.
“They play a tricky schedule,” Lemons mentioned. “That group of faculties over there simply beats up on one another all season lengthy. Come playoff time, they’re a tricky problem.”
East Kentwood performs within the O-Okay Convention’s Pink Division, which noticed 5 groups make the playoffs, with three of them enjoying tonight.
Tonight will mark the second yr in a row the Falcons and Bulldogs have met within the postseason. Final yr, East Kentwood received 31-28 when Brighton’s try at a game-tying subject objective within the ultimate seconds missed.
The loss, and the lengthy trip residence, nonetheless hurts, however Brighton is extra targeted on utilizing the momentum from final week’s 26-9 win over Holt to raise the Bulldogs this week.
“It helped convey our confidence again, however yearly is a brand new story,” Lemons mentioned. “Each crew we see from this level on goes to be fairly darn good, so if we execute, and if our children can deal with their activity defensively, we ought to be fairly stable.”
The Bulldogs had been stable on either side of the ball final week, shutting down Holt’s dashing assault on protection whereas controlling the ball on offense.
“It was actually cool to have the protection go on the market and play their butts off after which have the offense feed off their constructive vitality,” mentioned working again Nick Nemecek, who rushed for 166 yards and a landing. “We’ve got to execute the sport plan, be sure everybody does their job. They’ve some good gamers, and now we have to play as a crew, and everybody has to do what they must do.”
The eye to element proven final week, Lemons says, is not any much less vital tonight.
“In the event you don’t handle the best little factors, it could actually create an enormous downside on protection,” he mentioned. “So caring for our personal jobs and ensuring we labored as a unit helped out quite a bit.”
Having home-field benefit, Nemecek mentioned, will assist, too.
“It’s going to change the ambiance, for positive,” he mentioned. “We’ll have much more followers, as a result of they’re touring from fairly a methods away, so we’ll have an enormous problem.”
The Bulldogs had been a free group firstly of observe Thursday, their observe jerseys changed with duplicate jerseys from gamers’ collections for the non-contact exercise.
Tonight is the 11th recreation of the season, and the Bulldogs welcome it, as do the Falcons.
“It’s what you look to,” Nemecek, who was carrying a Michigan jersey with the variety of his favourite participant, working again Fitzgerald Toussaint, mentioned of this time of yr. “It’s what you play for. It’s on a regular basis you place in. It’s what you do it for.”