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Warhawks vs Concordia: What We Want to See...and Not 

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In setting expectations for Saturday’s game between the Warhawks and the Concordia College Cobbers, here are some ideas of What UW-W might want to accomplish through the following categories: “Have to See”, ‘Hope to See”, “Would be Great to See”, “Better Not See”. 

Have to See

The Warhawks have to come out disciplined in all three phases of the game.  Last week’s nine penalties is an unacceptable number and this game will become all the more difficult with a similar number.  Last year, the Warhawks turned the ball over three times against the Cobbers (one interception, two lost fumbles).  The Hawks need to play cleaner than that.  A repeat of last week’s no turnover performance would be ideal.  

The Hawks also need to be disciplined defensively in terms of keeping their fits and controlling the correct gaps. Last year, Concordia was successful pounding the edges with both the QB and the running backs and broke off a few runs longer than UW-W  likes to give up including a back-breaking 71 yard Touchdown run after the Hawks had tied the game at 10. 

 Hope to See

While UW-W will attack whatever weakness presents itself in the Cobbers’ defensive scheme, a balanced attack would be a welcome sight. Last year, the Hawks struggled on the ground a bit against the Cobbers, gaining only 135 yards on the run.  Like the Hawks, the Cobbers take pride in stopping the run.  It would be great to see the Warhawk offensive line take control of the line of scrimmage and pile up a couple hundred yards of rushing. 

It would also be great for the Hawks to step forward in terms of efficiency in the passing game.  Last year, QB Cole Wilber completed 21 of 36 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns against the Cobbers. He also threw one interception.  Another similar day minus the interception would great, especially if it accompanied a strong running game.

Would be Great To See:  

The Hawks defensive is fast, physical, and guys swarm to the ball.  They smothered the University of Dubuque last week, holding them to six points and under 200 total yards.  A similar performance along with forcing a couple of turnovers would be a great next step for this talented group.

 Better Not See

Turnovers by the offense and big plays yielded by the defense.  The Cobbers are a physical and disciplined team. They play the game the right way in that they focus on execution and playing their game. They will be a step up in competition along the line of scrimmage. They don’t run many plays designed for big yardage, but they will execute relentlessly and can pop a big play here and there if the defense isn’t assignment sure.

 If UW-W takes the next step and improves in execution from last week, they are in good position to win this game.  If the Hawks turn the ball over, they could be in for a long afternoon against a good, solid Concordia team.