As the #2 Bengals prepare to host #3 CMR tomorrow evening, it's a match up of two of the hottest teams in AA football. The 5-1 Rustlers suffered their only loss this season to #1 Glacier in week two, but they'll be looking to end the Bengals perfect season. To do so, they'll need a big game from running back Andrew Grinde, who in only six games already has 1000 yards and ten touchdowns! But let's be clear that's not going to be easy. The Bengals D is only giving up eight points per game this season. It's going to be a test of wills, but it all comes down to slowing Grinde.
"Get as many guys on him and hold on for dear life," said Bengals head coach Tony Arntson. "It's a big test for our guys. He's an explosive, strong, quick back. But the thing I love about him most is that he's patient."
"He's more allusive than people give him credit for," said Bengals senior linebacker Isaiah Cech. " I mean he's a big back. Everyone wants to call him a power back, but he can really make guys miss too."
While the Bengal defense has shutting everyone down other teams, the offense has been lighting it up! Helena is scoring 42 points per night. And after a three week absence the team is getting number one wide out Lane Kokoruda back from injury.
"I think he's close to 100%," said Arntson. "He gives us that speed play breaking ability that makes for big plays on Friday night."
"It's nice to have a guy like that who you know any play can break one for a touchdown," said Bengals junior quarterback Jackson Thennis. "It's nice to have."
For the Rustlers, they know the task ahead a big one. Trying to knock off an undefeated team is never easy, especially in their own house.
"Obviously they're undefeated and it's a really big game for us," said Rustlers senior guard Ryan Milhollin. "We know up front they're really physical, and they're just a good team so we have to make sure we get a good week of practice so we're ready for Friday."
"We have the best running back in the state in Andrew Grinde, and we've got Carl Tucker back there, and Dallas, and the O-Line is doing really good," said Rustlers senior linebacker Jed Engeberetsen. "So I think if we just keep playing solid and the offense does it's thing we'll do just fine."
Some more numbers to keep in mind for our game of the week: both of these teams average 250 rushing yards per night, which could lead to fast game if that clock keeps running. It's worth noting though, that the Bengals defense only gives up 175 total yards per game, while the Rustlers have been holding opponents to 75 yards on the ground. So two top notch run defenses to go along with those offense.