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phen­son,” he said.

New­ton will come out with the mind­set that it must win. Collins doesn’t ex­pect to change his ap­proach but this week’s op­po­nent Union Grove is as tough as it gets. The Wolver­ines sit atop the stand­ings and are scor­ing 26 points a game while only yield­ing 10.

“We have to stop the run first,” Collins said. “Their of­fense will cause some peo­ple to make dras­tic changes in what you do, but we feel like we can run our base stuff and be com­pet­i­tive. We also have to cre­ate some bal­ance on of­fense, but that will only come if we can get some of the guys with in­juries healed up enough to ex­e­cute the things we want to do.”

The Rams have made sig­nif­i­cant strides on both sides of the ball so far this year. But they’ve yet to put to­gether two wins in a row and that has them on the out­side looking in. Still, Collins and his staff will ap­proach the game with the mind­set that they will be able to com­pete as long as they re­main dis­ci­plined.

“Ac­tu­ally, we have backed off a lit­tle on the con­tact and worked on get­ting some of the guys with in­juries healed up,” he said.

In­juries are a part of the game and the Rams will have to deal with them like any other team. Con­sis­tency has been a con­cern all year. De­spite that, Collins is still happy with the way his team re­sponds to tough losses.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve com­peted,” he said. “We have seven se­niors and 28 sopho­mores and to even be in a po­si­tion to talk pos­si­ble play­offs af­ter go­ing 1-9 the year be­fore means that we are headed in the right di­rec­tion.”

Quar­ter­back Demetrius McCray will need help from his of­fen­sive line. The Rams have shown the abil­ity to pass more over the past two games and that bal­ance will be the key to keep­ing Union Grove’s po­tent of­fense off the field.

De­fen­sively, the Rams will need to stop the run, some­thing they have had mixed suc­cess with so far. If the Rams do come up short, it won’t be from lack of ef­fort.

“I am very pleased with the work our coaches have put in; it means a lot to have ca­pa­ble as­sis­tants,” he said. “I just hope that our com­mu­nity un­der­stands that we have high ex­pec­ta­tions and that we still need to show some pa­tience as we try and build this pro­gram the right way and that what we have done is laid the next brick in build­ing a solid foun­da­tion.

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