Iowa Park Preparing for #15 Pilot Point

This week's Dr Pepper Game of the Week is Iowa Park's home opener against defending 2A Division 1 Champion Pilot Point, now ranked 15th in Class 3A after being moved back up this year.

The Hawks opened up their season with a solid road win at a Pampa team that was playing it's first game since dropping from Class 4A.

They controlled the first and fourth quarters, but they know they'll have to clean up the mistakes in between in order to beat the Bearcats.

"We want to sharpen up our attack a little bit," said Head Coach Scott Ponder, who will be making his home debut on Friday.

"Eliminate penalties, there was a number of assignment issues, you know, small things we want to iron out. Generally you make your largest improvements between your first and second ballgame, so we're looking to make sure that we make them type of improvements, because I anticipate Pilot Point will."

"We need to clean up our offense a little bit, and getting plays out to the field," added Offensive and Defensive Lineman Braden Mahler.  "And we also need to clean up our penalties."
 
"We need to get a little conditioning in, to get ready to go," said Wide Receiver Kris Tucker. "They don't have as many two-way starters as Pampa did."

The Hawks also know that after winning their opener, they aren't going to be sneaking up on anyone.

"It puts a big target on your chest, too," added Mahler. "Teams are now looking at you like, 'hey, these guys have got something that we want, and we want to come beat them.' So we have to remember that and always come to the game ready to go and prepared."
 
"Being 1-0, you know, you feel like you have a chance to win," said Coach Ponder.  "You feel like the things that you're doing are working. And you know it makes you hungry for that second win."

The Hawks host the #15 Bearcats Friday night at 7:30 at Hawk Stadium.

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