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Week 4 preview: Culver seeks to maintain dominance against undefeated West Central

BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Culver (0-3) at West Central (3-0), 7 p.m.

Culver got a touchdown run in the fourth quarter from Tony Sommers, but it was a rare highlight in a 56-8 loss at home to Knox last week.

The Class 3A, No. 15 Redskins relied on their physicality and strong running backs in Jake Conroy and Myles McLaughlin against the young Culver defensive front.

Culver coach Austin Foust re-emphasized to his players dedication to the weight room, telling his young linemen that there is no reason they cannot be like Knox in a year or two.

“Obviously, they’re a good football team, and this is year three in coach Radtke’s system,” Culver coach Austin Foust. “They’re playing some young guys, but they also got a lot of guys with experience that know how that system works and how to check. They do a really good job with seeing how the defense lines up and just move people around to get the matchups they want, so it makes it tough. Obviously, they’re very good up front and physical.

“So it was challenging for us. I thought there were times we did some good things. In the first half, they got a nice red zone stop, turnover on downs, things like that. What it came down to, we told our guys, was matchups, one-on-one matchups. We had guys in position sometimes to make plays. Just unfortunately, we didn’t make them.”

Culver will take those experiences into this week’s road game against West Central.

On one hand, Culver is winless, and West Central is 3-0 for the third time in five years. On the other, Culver has won nine straight meetings against West Central, and they beat a 3-0 Trojan team last year.

West Central senior quarterback Connor Marlatt has shown pinpoint accuracy so far. He completed all 13 of his pass attempts in a 42-8 win over Tri-County last week, four of which went for touchdowns. He has completed 28 of 29 passes this year with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.

Opponents also have to respect the running ability of both Marlatt and fullback Jacob Pilarski.

“They run midline, and they’ll run triple,” Foust said. “So they do a good job of making you disciplined and being sound option-wise, so that’s something that obviously we’re going to have to prepare a lot this week. Hopefully with us defending the option against North Miami (in the scrimmage) and defending the option against North Judson, hopefully that has our kids prepared a little bit better heading into this week.”

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