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SIBLEY – The Lakeside Warriors are gearing up for homecoming and expect to be in front of a large crowd when they take on Red River Friday night.

Lakeside comes into the contest at 0-7, while Red River will put a 4-3 record on the line.
Lakeside head coach Joey Pesses said this week at practice has been crisp despite the extra-curricular activites that come with homecoming.

“I think they’re doing alright,” Pesses said. “I just ask them to come out focused when it’s time to practice. Homecoming is really for those who’ve graduated and we want to play well for them. Last year we got a big win on homecoming.”

A win in this homecoming game would be even bigger, as an upset of the Bulldogs sounds like a tall task.

“They like to throw the ball,” Pesses said. “They have tall, athletic receivers, good quarterback and running back. They have all the skill guys you would need.”

Lakeside will counter with just the opposite, a ground and pound attack based around the physical running of Chris Brantley, Brayden Jones and the rest of the Warrior backs.

“They line up in multiple fronts defensively,” Pesses said. “We aren’t going to try and outrun anyone to the sidelines. We’re going to mix up inside the tackle and outside the tackle, but our best bet is to come downhill.”

The Warriors and Bulldogs kickoff homecoming at 7 p.m. in Sibley.