ADEL -- Tonight Cook County (9-2, 5-1) will be going against the AA powerhouse, the Dublin Fighting Irish (11-0, 6-0). The Hornets will be looking to hand the Irish their first defeat all season.
"We've played our best football all year long, but you've got to go against the best sooner or later" said Cook head coach George Dean.
Tonight's game will be a rematch of last year's first round playoff game. Last year, the Hornets lost 14-9 in Dublin. This year Dean hopes the tides will be turned.
"We've got as good of a chance as anybody this year. We have an excellent defense, and our offense is getting better week by week," said Dean late Thursday night.
Dublin has been unstoppable this season, scoring an average of 54.27 points per game. The Irish run a modified wing-T offense that sometimes becomes a double-wing, or sometimes they have no running backs.
The Irish defense has been just as good, allowing no points until week nine when Bleckley County scored a field goal. Last week, Manchester became the first team to score a touchdown on them all season.
"We all are going to have to play well. It really needs to be a team effort," said Dean. "We are going to have to have all three phases going strong."
For Cook, its defense will be up to its toughest task all season long. The defensive line, which has been key all season, will be led by Quintin Staford and the Brown brothers, Jeremy and Jermarian.
Jermarian had the best game a defensive lineman could ask for last week. He scored two touchdowns, one on an interception that went for almost 70 yards. The other touchdown came off a broken option play when Jermarian stole the ball and got into the endzone.
On offense the Hornets will be looking for more production out of Joyce Turner. Turner has been running from both the fullback and the half-back positions all year.
Cook has been on a roll as of late, winning its last five games. Both sides have been clicking with the offense scoring 34.2 points per game the last five weeks and the defense only allowing 9.8 points per game. Tonight, Dean and the rest of the Hornets will be looking to keep the momentum going and do the impossible, beat Dublin.
The game is tonight in Dublin and kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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