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Ottawa wants to be like Paola

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 10/2/2013

It is no secret the top teams in the Frontier League do the same things year after year.

Paola is one of those teams.

It is no secret the top teams in the Frontier League do the same things year after year.

Paola is one of those teams.

“Paola is always going to be solid,” Ottawa coach Rob Hedrick said. “They don’t have any big monsters, but they have good-size kids who play aggressive and are good football players.

“They have ran the same offense since coach [Mike] Dumpert has been there. Line up and stop it is what they say.”

Ottawa (2-2) will attempt to snap a two-game slide 7 p.m. Friday at Paola (3-1).

“Programs like Paola, Baldwin and Louisburg ... that is what we are trying to model ourselves after.Being good at what you do.

“It works. You have to be able to run the ball.

“It is boom, boom and then they pop the big play. They play solid defense. They play the field position game. That is how they get you. They are good at the run game and good at defense. That is what our league is about.”

Ottawa rushed for more than 200 yards in last week’s loss to St. James.

“Offensively, we have some good things to build on from last week,” Hedrick said. “We are going to try to build on the positive things we did. It would be nice to pop a big play. We are not adding a lot this week. We are doing the same things from different positions.”

The Cyclones are concentrating on all the players playing together.

“Everybody has to focus doing their job,” Hedrick said. “Taking care of their assignment and we will be OK. The kids won’t lay down for anybody. We are coming in with the attitude we are going to win the game. We have to go make it happen.”

Hedrick said Paola plays a physical-brand of football and wears out teams.

“Pound, pound, pound every play,” he said. “They wait for the other guy to make a mistake. They are confident in it.”

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