By Mike Moore
Brooklyn — Football may be the ultimate sport in terms of a necessity of taking things one game and one week at a time.
With six or seven days between games, so much can, and often does, change the dynamic of a team and a season.
And with all that said, Josh Kubiak talked Thursday about the final four weeks of the regular season, and took a very cautious look at the challenges, and rewards, possibly awaiting his Columbia Central football team.
“It’s really a matter of staying within ourselves for four weeks,” Kubiak said. “We believe that if we come out, play our game, we have a chance to win out and put together two great seasons back to back.”
The Golden Eagles went 8-2 last year and are 3-2 entering Friday’s Homecoming tilt against Onsted.
That’s the first objective.
“That’s a big team, a team much bigger than us,” Kubiak said of Onsted, which is 1-4 on the year. “What we can’t do is take them lightly. We have kids expecting to win, but that will only happen if we play the right way.”
While Onsted will have the size advantage, Columbia has the speed, especially Micah Raby.
The team’s top runner has 99 carries so far for 828 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“We have to use our team speed and aggression,” Kubiak said. “Sure, they are bigger, but I think we can be the aggressive team that takes it to them. If we come out and do that, rain or not, we’ll be all right.”
If the Golden Eagles can handle their business, and get to 4-2, the final three weeks offer plenty of opportunity.
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” Kubiak said. “We set our team goals of wining two of each three games we play. If we win Friday, we can do that for the first six and concentrate on the next three.”
Week 7 has Columbia facing Erie Mason (1-4), followed by games with Dundee (2-3) and Hillsdale (3-2).
“This group of seniors who were on the team last year wanted to be the first group to do a lot of things,” Kubiak said. “Now they want to keep that going, be the first team to get to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They are aware of it and working toward it.”
Mike Moore is a play-by-play commentator and Sports Writer for JTV Sports. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s also the author of ‘Love, Defined; A Dedication to the Love, Sacrifice, and Magic of Motherhood.’
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