Updated: 10/29/2013 10:38 PM
Created: 10/29/2013 9:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
The Proctor Rails have commited themselves to excellence, and it's gotten them to the section championship.
After a loss in last year's title game, head coach Derek Parendo is pleased his team has another chance at state.
"Our goal was to get back, to give ourselves another shot to win the blue ribbon instead of the red," Parendo said. "So we're pretty happy about it but at the same time we want to take it a step further and make sure we don't make the same mistakes we did last year."
The top seed in 7AAA, Proctor will face second seed Esko, who they bested by just two points during the regular season.
"Obviously the teams are pretty evenly matched," Parendo said. "I mean between last year and this year, I think the combined score is 48-48. So two very close teams. What I take out of it is, we can't make mistakes. I think the team that makes mistakes on Thursday night will come up on the short end."
Senior cornerback Shane Gould says the Rails took away some key intel from their first battle with the Eskomos.
"We learned the plays they like running, who they like giving the ball to, and we're just going to key off of their eyes and try to come up with the w," said Shane Gould, senior cornerback and wide receiver.
"Just driving them back more, pushing the pile. Hopefully we can run underneath them," said Jake Pritchard, senior defensive tackle. "It's really just whoever executes."
A trip to state would be the cherry on top of a successful season. But the Rails know they'll have to earn it yard by yard.
"Hopefully this group has learned from that experience being under the lights and knows you gotta play Esko for every minute," Esko said.
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