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November 1, 2013

Storm to face similar team in Knights

SIDELL — Traditionally in playoff action, teams have to search far and wide for tapes on its opponents.

For the Salt Fork Storm, it will not have a problem getting tape on Arthur-Lovington for Saturday’s Class 1A playoff game at Jamaica High School.

The Knights, a part of the Little Okaw Valley Conference, have faced Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac, Hoopeston Area and Bismarck-Henning, who they lost to last week.

“It is different from what usually happens,” Slat Fork coach Brian Plotner said. “We got tehir game with Bismarck and they played very well.”

What Plotner saw in the tapes was a team that looked real familiar.

“They are a team that useas a lot of speed like we do,” Plotner said. “They have a couple of kids on the line who are 280 pounds but for the most part, they have plaers weighing 220 or less and that is what we have as well.

“They have a quarterback that is close to throwing for 1,000 yards and running for 1,000 yards and they are a team that runs the option very well.”

Plotner also took a look at the numbers and saw yet another thing the Storm and Knights are similar to.

“We have given up the same number of points (125) on defense while there is a difference of three points (Salt Fork’s 343 to A-L’s 340) on offense,” Plotner said. “So this shows how close the matchup will be with these two teams.

They have a very good defense with some good defensive ends and a middle linebacker who is very good. They also have some good safetys, so they can hold up a passing game.”

One advantage that Plotner believes that can be the key will be the fans at Jamaica High School. The Storm have done well when they host home games to start the playoffs.

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