Rival Marion up next for Commanders

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By John Overby

The playoffs are now a reality for the WC Commanders, (4-5, 3-3) so Friday night’s rivalry game against Marion County (3-6) will no longer serve as their final contest.

But that doesn’t make it any less important, especiallly for the players.

“Everybody talks a lot of crap during that game,” senior Dustin Harmon said. “Nobody plays soft.”

Only one game in the series has been decided by more than a touchdown since 2004, adding more intrigue to the game.

And a win would also secure a .500 regular season, but for Head Coach Eric, Sagrecy the most important aspect is working toward improving for the next week’s playoff game.

And part of that growth will be figuring out how to contain Marion up front, a unit that Sagrecy calls “as good as we’ve seen all year.”

“They’re a big and physical team,” Sagrecy said. “They don’t run any schemes that are too complicated, but they’ve got the players to play the type of game they want to play.”

Last season, this game was marred by controversy, as several pieces of equipment were tampered with and destroyed to a certain extent.

Over $3,000 worth of WC property was damaged in the process, not to mention what was harmed on the Marion side.

But Sagrecy hopes that these students, who he says are most likely not any players involved on either team, have moved past their “juvenile” actions.

“Let the players play,” Sagrecy said. “These kids are taking away from the fun of the game, which is a shame for everyone who’s involved.”

Sagrecy believes that Marion, despite their poor record, will be a tough matchup for WC, especially considering the top-notch teams they have been playing as of late.

“They’re definitely a good team,” Sagrecy said. “They’re going to give us all we want.”

But he also knows that his players will be ready for this game, a built-in perk that the rivalry brings.

“One thing you’ve never got to worry about is these players getting up for that game,” Sagrecy said. “And I think the games reflect that.”