Team of the Week: Northwest Grizzlies

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Northwest has smothered their opponents this season with a double edged sword, a high scoring offense, and a defense out on a mission.

"They’re playing lights out right now," Head Coach Steve Martin said. "Coach Marinelli named them the misfits because those were the supposed castoffs we didn’t want on offense to score all those points. They’ve embraced it though and they are playing hard." 

On Friday the Grizzlies faced Heights, a team who had scored 60 plus points in two of their last three games.

"You know the game plan was to just stop the run because they have some pretty good athletes," said senior linebacker Jack Wiens. "Number 28 and 22 they are pretty good. The main goal was to just stop them and the defensive line did a good job and held their own."

While their offense was busy putting 79 points on the scoreboard, the Grizzlies stopped the Falcons in their tracks and pitching a shutout.

"They’ve got some great athletes in the backfield," Marinelli told KAKE. "It was a big challenge for us this week. We talked about raising our standard to a higher level and we’ve played very physical football. We’ve played speed football but this was a time where we had to play disciplined football."

It’s the third time this season Northwest has shut out their opponent. Defensive Coordinator Marc Marinelli has brought a new sense of purpose for this unit in his first season.

"We just want them to play fast and aggressive. Our whole thing is, you’re never in trouble as long as you get them down to the ground. They have to snap it again and something good is going to happen. I think we’ve freed them up a little bit mentally where they can go out and make some plays and be as aggressive as they can.

Northwest clinched a share of the City League title with the victory over Heights, a win over Southeast this Friday would give them the outright league championship.

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