Thunderbirds working to ‘get a grip’ on Indians’ offense

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ defense is trying to minimize the guesswork when it comes to deconstructing Van-Far’s voluminous offensive sets and the Indians’ quarterback tandem.

Armed with a four-game winning streak, surging North Callaway comes home tonight for an Eastern Missouri Conference clash with Van-Far (kickoff at 7). The Thunderbirds (4-2, 3-0 EMO) breezed to a 55-21 conference dismantling at Wright City last week, while the Indians (2-4, 1-2) suffered a 42-14 EMO setback at Montgomery County.

North Callaway head coach Mike Emmons explained that the Thunderbirds’ defensive task tonight will be to quickly recognize Van-Far’s shifting offensive schemes.

“There are just tons and tons of formations, and different plays,” Emmons said Tuesday morning. “It’s one of those (situations) where it’s really hard to get a grip on one thing because they just do so many different things.

“It’s a tough prep because you just can’t settle in and say, ‘This is the main thing they do.’”

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