• Dave McKenzie

SIRR Conference Kickoff Tonight - Lions at Du Quoin

Well, this weeks Carterville game should be completed in one night...at least I hope.

Last week’s game had to be played in two parts thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Gordon.

Monday night, the second half of the battle with Murphysboro was completed with Murphysboro holding off the Lions in a 21-19.

Carterville had their chances as the defensive unit had 3 fourth-down stops in the second half. The Lions offense scored twice to get within two points, but the Lions could not convert on two extra point attempts, a missed extra point kick and failing to score on a attempted two-point conversion try.

This week will not be any easier as the SIRR Conference season kicks off on the road to take on the 3-0 Du Quoin Indians.

The Indians are on fire early in the season and Coach A.J. Hill has his team firing on all cylinders.

The Indians team reminds me of Herrin in many ways. This team can run the ball and they have a potent passing attack.

The Lions are going to have to play much like they did at Herrin two weeks ago. The offense was clicking in that game as Pestka, Lazcynski and Jones were able to run the ball on that Tiger defense. Coach Dennis Drust is going to need that same offense tonight.

Photo: Byron Hetzler - The Southern

In addition to the running game, the Lions must be able to pass the ball. QB Keaton Pestka hasn't thrown the ball a lot, but in the second half of the Murphysboro game he was able to connect with Nick Kralis and Dylan Moore for big gains. The Lions are going to need to be able to get some completions to help open up the running game.

Defensively, Carterville will need to be on their toes. This Du Quoin team is a team that can beat you with their running game in RB Milam or they can take to the air as quarterback Josh Heape has a great arm with quality receivers.

Bottom line: The run for the playoffs begin for Lions with tonight's game at Du Quoin. Is it a must win? No, however, a win over the undefeated Indians would set the tone for the Lions for the rest of the conference season.

I had a chance to talk to Coach Drust last night to talk about this game at Du Quoin.

Scott Hudson and I will have have the call starting at 6:45 on NewsRadio WJPF. You can also watch the game here:

There is still time to get your team together and help support Carterville Lions Basketball by playing in the Lions Golf Scramble at Crab Orchard Golf Club on October 6th. You can contact Coach Hawkins or Coach Crain for more information.