The Panthers head to Cavalier this Friday, Sept. 10 looking for their first win there since 1995."/>
The Panthers head to Cavalier this Friday, Sept. 10 looking for their first win there since 1995."/> One tough place | News, Sports, Jobs - The Pierce County Tribune
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One tough place

By Staff | Sep 3, 2010

You don’t have to tell Rugby coach Scott Grochow that Cavalier is a tough place to play.

Many times the Panthers have come away empty handed against one of their long football rivals.

Of course Rugby can take solace that many programs have had a difficult time leaving Cavalier victorious.

“They have a good tradition up there and they take a lot of pride in playing well at home,’ Grochow said.

The Panthers head to Cavalier this Friday, Sept. 10 looking for their first win there since 1995.

Perhaps more importantly is the squad defeated the Tornadoes last season, so they enter this week’s game riding a wave of confidence.

Cavalier coach Sandy Laxdahl certainly remembers that game and knows his team will have their hands full. “I think the have the premier player in the region in running back (Eric) Kuntz,’ Laxdahl said. “We saw last year what kind of a team they have.”

The Tornadoes enter this season with lofty expectations and were the preseason favorite to win the region. They return several skilled players including Jared Mack, a three-year starter at quarterback.

Laxdahl said his team has looked good on defense so far, but it’s offense that needs to be more consistent, finding a good balance between running and throwing the ball.

Not surprising, the Tornadoes didn’t lose a home game last season and already are 1-0 this year at Rod Oksendahl field.

“Cavalier is a football town and the kids take pride in winning, especially at home,’ Laxdahl said. “The community support is great and the kids see that and want to play their best at home.”

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