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Tell City must get better start against Vikings

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

POSEYVILLE—Drawing a road game against an opponent that is 9-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state in its class isn’t the easiest way to start a football sectional.
But Tell City, which will visit North Posey Friday at 7:30 p.m., shouldn’t be too intimidated by the Vikings, as the Marksmen played them about as well as anyone in the regular season.
In that game, also played at North Posey, Tell City scored three touchdowns in a 42-20 loss. Only Heritage Hills, with four touchdowns, scored more against the Vikings (Mount Vernon also scored three).
North Posey jumped to a 21-0 lead in that game.
“We need to get off to a faster start,” Tell City Coach Ryan George said Monday. “After our kids felt like we could play with them, we were fine.”
He said the speed of the two teams “should be about even” and they are also similar in size. “They just have a lot more experience.”
Both teams are healthy entering this game and neither has made any major changes on offense or defense since their Sept. 28 meeting.
Tell City will still have to contend with the running of third-year Viking star running back Wes Harness, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior.
“He has good power for running inside and he also has the speed to get outside,” George said before their last meeting.
Harness then demonstrated those skills with four touchdowns and 152 yards rushing on 20 carries against the Marksmen.
Alec Werry, a 6-1, 165-pound senior quarterback, also ran for a touchdown that game and completed 5 of 11 passes for 125 yards.
After that game George said he “was disappointed in our linebacker play. We didn’t step up and defend some of those things we simulated in practice. . . . We just have to step up and stop plays.”