BELL: Marysville leads all-time se­ries 23-20

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air to­ward the end zone where it was picked off by a Cap­i­tal Chris­tian player at the 5-yard line. The Cougars would chew up the game clock with a long drive that re­sulted in a score and quickly ended the up­set bid by the In­di­ans.

The loss against Cap­i­tal Chris­tian ended a tough three-game stretch for Marysville that saw them go 1-2, which also in­cluded a loss to a loaded Sut­ter squad ranked No. 1 in the North­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion III Me­dia Poll and a win over a Bear River team ranked in the Sacra­mento Bee’s Top 20.

“It was a tough loss to swal­low be­cause we just made too many mis­takes and started to fall back into some of our old habits,” Meyer said. “But we re­ally got out of this three-game stretch what we wanted and that was to be­come a tougher and stronger team men­tally with the drive to keep get­ting bet­ter from here.”

On the other hand, Lind­hurst (2-2, 1-0) is com­ing into the game with a lit­tle bit of mo­men­tum.

The Blaz­ers have won two straight games, in­clud­ing their GEL opener last week in a 33-14 vic­tory over Mesa Verde as Hunter Mer­ritt scored two rush­ing touch­downs and Miles Pen­ning­ton, the reign­ing Ap­peal-Demo­crat Ath­lete of the Week, re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down, his third in four games this sea­son.

Penal­ties and mis­cues had been a prob­lem through the first three games for the Blaz­ers as drives stalled and op­pos­ing of­fenses ex­tended their drives. In the sec­ond half of a 35-21 win over Las Plumas in Week Three, the Blaz­ers fi­nally put to­gether the type of game coach Sean Sch­nei­der was look­ing for as the team cut down on penal­ties and mis­takes and pulled away for the win. That was the case last week as Lind­hurst held onto a 20-14 lead in the third quar­ter be­fore scor­ing 13 unan­swered points to se­cure the win over Mesa Verde.

“We made more plays with­out mis­takes and that helped us get into a lit­tle bit of a groove of­fen­sively,” Sch­nei­der said. “That’s some­thing we have to con­tinue, es­pe­cially against a tough team like Marysville.”

Marysville has dom­i­nated the rivalry in re­cent years with wins in the last six games, in­clud­ing a dom­i­nat­ing 37-0 vic­tory at Dean Miller Sta­dium last year. Tak­ing away the for­feit win in 2011, the In­di­ans have beaten the Blaz­ers by an av­er­age of 35 points per game.

Seek­ing their first win of the rivalry since a 35-18 win in 2009, the Blaz­ers last saw a string of suc­cess in the se­ries when they won four straight games from 2004 to 2007. Sch­nei­der said the Blaz­ers know it’s go­ing to take a huge ef­fort to try and go into War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium and come away with a win.

“Marysville has a big, phys­i­cal team and it should be a phys­i­cal ball game,” Sch­nei­der said. “If our team wants to get a win against Marysville, it’s go­ing to take a great game and we have to rise to the oc­ca­sion.”

Added Meyer: “With a rivalry game, you have to cut away the hype and con­trol your emo­tions be­cause it usu­ally plays a huge part in who wins or loses. Get­ting out to a big start is key and the team that ends up ex­e­cut­ing the best on both sides of the ball will likely come out the win­ner.”

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Cullen Meyer Marysville coach

Sean Sch­nei­der Lind­hurst coach

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