GCMS thinking ball control against Pratt, Westville
GIBSON CITY – Gibson City-Melvin Sibley has lost three of its last four games, but coach Mike Allen isn't worried about his team's confidence. The three losses came at the hands of Flanagan, Fieldcrest and Ridgeview – all playoff teams – by a total of 17 points.
"Those were all very good teams we played," Allen said. "Even though we lost the kids felt really good about how they played. They know a play here and there the outcomes could have been different."
The rough stretch to end the season might not have hurt GCMS' chances at getting into the playoffs – it finished 5-4 – but it made the Falcons' first-round draw a tough one. Instead of hosting an opening round game, the Falcons have to hit the road. And they're not playing a 6-3 or 5-4 team, they've got 9-0 Westville, last year's Class 2A runner-up.
"They're a very solid aggressive team," Allen said of the Tigers. "That's just their style, very hard-nosed. We've got our work cut out, that's for sure."
If GCMS is to pull off the upset, it will have to do whatever it can to stop the state's all-time rushing leader, Caleb Pratt. And the strategy to do that might not have anything to do with a defensive scheme.
"We have to try to keep our offense on the field and keep theirs off," Allen said. "We need to limit his opportunities, bottom line."