Nine-Man semi-finals is this Saturday. The New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin Holsteins continue their playoff run, and under Salem Sue continues to be the game-day location. This weekend they have the Ray-Powers Lake Outlaws visiting. The Region 6 winners have dominated their opponent by at least a touchdown in each game of the tournament.
Now despite the two teams coming from two different regions, the Holsteins have faced the Outlaws before, so they have a sense of what they can expect to see.
Head Coach of the Holsteins, Steve Kleinjan said, "Well, you know, to tell you the truth, the last couple of years we've gone down to Valley City to their team camp, and so has Ray-Powers Lake. So we've scrimmaged against them in June the last two summers, and so we know their coaching staff a little bit, and you know, we've had an opportunity in an early summer scrimmage situation, but we have played against those kids, and so it's not like we don't know anything about them."
It’s been a while since they’ve seen them last, and if one thing is for sure, the Outlaws have some big guys up front they need to prepare for.
"They're a multi-formation team, we've seen a lot of film of them obviously, and so they present a definite challenge to your defense because they like to spread the field and do a lot of different things. So we know that there's a lot of work to prepare for that football team. We haven't seen anybody this year that spreads things out, we haven't seen anybody this year that's as big as they are. I mean, they've got a huge offensive and defensive line, they've got a quarterback who is probably one of the best running quarterbacks that we'll see all year, and an extremely talented running back," said Kleinjan.
When it comes to preparing for Saturday, the Holsteins are studying the film, practicing the formations and just making sure their guys are ready for game-day.
"You know, I certainly believe if we continue to prepare the way we have, the whole season, I mean that's been our, play our best game the next week and that's our focus and this week is doing the things we need to do to prepare for them. Like I said, we know it's a huge challenge. You don't get to the semi-finals and expect that you're going to go against somebody that's not going to bring their best, and have extremely talented kids. So we know we have to work very hard and prepare very hard this week, and that's our plans," said Kleinjan.
The Holsteins will face the Ray-Powers Lake Outlaws on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT.