Wildcats face Bulldogs’ passing attack in Homecoming Game

Morlan top target for Heivlin

THREE RIVERS — It’s Homecoming Week and Three Rivers’ football team returns to Armstrong Field hoping to chalk up its third win of the season Friday.
Otsego (1-2) will supply the opposition and Three Rivers (2-1) knows they can’t afford to look past the Bulldogs.
Kickoff time is 7 p.m.
“Otsego likes to throw the football about 75 percent of the time. They have a good quarterback and a couple decent receivers,” Wagner said. “Defensively we’ll be tested in our secondary. It’s going to be an interesting game because we really don’t see a lot of teams that throw the football.”
Wagner says his Wildcats are leery of the Bulldogs even though they have struggled this season.
Otsego picked up its first win last week 21-20 over South Haven after getting outscored a combined 119-0 in losses to Paw Paw (47-0) and Edwardsburg (72-0).
John Kubiak’s Bulldogs are trying to turn the program around after suffering three straight losing seasons since its last playoff appearance in 2013.
“You look at their record and we know we have to be ready. Coach Kubiak and his team will come in here ready to play,” Wagner said.
Otsego quarterback Will Eldred threw touchdown passes to three different receivers in last week’s win. On the receiving end of those scoring receptions were Zak Lucas, David Riniger, and Collin Hunt. Owen Grille made 2-of-3 PATs for the Bulldogs.
If last week’s performance against Sturgis is any indication, Three Rivers will be prepared.
“We were hoping for that, to play as well as we did last week following our loss to Dowagiac. I thought we showed improvement in all phases. We still had a couple turnovers that we have to eliminate,” Wagner said.
“Defensively I felt we played assignment football, tackled well, and looked better on film in getting our defenders to the football.”
Remaining focused is a big key during Homecoming Week.
“Homecoming is a great time when you’re in high school. At the same time our kids have to remember it’s our Homecoming and we have to be ready to go out on the field and perform,” Wagner said.
With tougher opponents awaiting them in the coming weeks, Three Rivers will have to be more balanced on offense.
The Wildcats have flourished through the air in its spread offense through its first three games, including last week’s 35-7 win at Sturgis.
Junior quarterback Jalen Heivilin had his second 200-plus yard game throwing the football for Three Rivers last week.
Heivilin has compleed 44-of-69 passes for 634 yards and seven touchdowns, including five to 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior receiver Bryce Morlan.
The speedy Morlan was on the receiving end of three of Heivilin’s four TD tosses last week against Sturgis.
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