Luverne picks up region, road win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Luverne Tigers continued their pursuit for the Class 2A, Region 3 title with a 42-20 road win over Beulah last Friday night.

"It was a good win," Head Coach Mike DuBose said. "We played well in areas and played really well for the majority of the game. Typical for us, we had four or five minutes where we seemed to have a let down and lose our focus and let people back into the game, instead of going ahead and putting it away.

" We played really well early in the game on both sides of the football, but just before the half we had a physical and a mental breakdown defensively and let them get a touchdown and get some momentum right before halftime, which good football teams don't do."

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The Tigers (5-1, 4-0) jumped out quick on the home team, but made one costly mistake defensively in the first half to lead 28-6 at intermission.

Once again, the Tigers' running game proved to be powerful and gave the Bobcats fits. Junior running back Jesse Dixon and sophomore back Fred Hawkins both chalked up over 100 yards on the ground and found the end zone at least once for Luverne.

"Jesse and Fred, ran extremely well," DuBose said. "I thought they continued to play extremely well for us."

Friday night, the Tigers will host B.B. Comer at 7 p.m. in a key region game that also serves as Homecoming.

"Homecoming is always an important game for everyone," DuBose said. "It's also a region game, which is important. B.B. Comer is a team that's improving; they've been banged up a little bit. They're probably getting two or three players back this week, so they'll be a better football team this than they've been. It's one of those times when we really have to have senior leadership to stay focussed because during Homecoming there are so many other things going on and it's easy to get distracted. Our senior leaders have to do an excellent job of making sure we stay focused and prepare for this game, then we'll be able to enjoy Homecoming afterwards if we play the way we're capable of playing."