Southwestern plays a critical game in regard to playoffs at 7 tonight at home against 0-5 Staunton.

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Southwestern coach Aaron Fricke said Staunton is in “a rebuilding phase.”

“They have a first year coach, and they are trying to establish their system,” he said. “They have a couple very good athletes who are more than capable of making some big plays. We have to establish some drives offensively early on in the game. Like always, we have emphasized to the players to just do their jobs and execute each play.”

Fricke said if his team doesn’t come ready to play, Staunton has the firepower to upset them.

“It’s homecoming, so we have to maintain our emotions and focus on playing good football,” he said. “This is a must win to keep the playoff hopes alive.”

Sophomore quarterback Caleb Robinson is having an outstanding season for Southwestern, completing 65 of 137 passes for 10 touchdowns. Ryan Paslay has carried 89 times for 599 yards. Jacob Ritzhaupt has scored five times for the Piasa Birds. Tanner Whipps leads the team in tackles with 45 and Braden Whipps has 40 tackles.

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Jersey coach Dave Jacobs said tonight is one contest he thinks his team can walk away with a win if they play up to potential.

“We have a good chance of winning this game if we play well,” he said.

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