"Lucio: Leopard quarterback, running back 2 of best in area " by: Mike Reddell

   Tidehaven Head Football Coach David Lucio expects “a great game” when his Tigers taken on the Van Vleck Leopards there Friday night. 
   “Both teams have been steadily improving throughout the season,” Lucio said.
   “It’s a huge game as far as playoffs are concerned, so I expect a great showing from both squads,” he added.
   “Our off week was good. We worked on some parts of our game that needed attention and got a head start on preparing for the Leopards,” Lucio commented. 
   “The Van Vleck game is always a big deal to our kids, as it is for their kids too. 
   “Their offense is deadly, they can score a ton of points on any given night,” Lucio said.
   “Their quarterback and running back are two of the best in the area. 
   “We have our work cut out for us in containing those two, along with the other weapons they have running around catching the ball,” the coach said. 
   “Their defense has improved a lot over the season. 
   “In a rivalry game like this, I expect them to bring their ‘A’ game, so we will need to be perfect on offense to score some points. 
   “If we can play a clean game, minimize the mistakes, turnovers and penalties we should have a shot.”
   Tidehaven is 3-3 and 1-1 in district, while Van Vleck is 3-3 and 2-0 in District 14-3A-2 play.

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