Sparta gridders take on Norsemen in early match-up Friday night

The Sparta football team will face a tough opponent Friday night, when they travel to Westby to play the Norsemen, who beat four-time state runner-up Darlington 15-14 in last week’s season opener.
“We know Westby,” offered Spartan head coach John Blaha. “They’ve got some great talent. They’re always physical and they’re always well-coached.”
The Spartans are coming off of a 28-13 win over Black River Falls last week and Blaha said he was very impressed with the way his team fought through adversity.
“Minus one or two plays, I love their effort, their attitude and the fact that when times got tough they came together,” Blaha said.
He said the focus for this week is to continue working on technique and fundamental skills.
Blaha also said the coaching staff is working hard to make sure that everyone understands their responsibilities and assignments for this Friday’s game.
Blaha expects the Norsemen to run a 3-4 formation defensively, with one or two linebackers blitzing every play, so the offensive line must be ready for that.
“They want to be as disruptive right away as possible,” he said. “Their defense is pretty fast and pretty aggressive.”
Blaha said that Westby likes to run a lot of different formations and have virtually no preference when it comes to passing or running the ball, an offensive strategy he believes will be hard to defend against.
Friday night’s match-up between the Spartans and the Norsemen will get underway with an early 4 p.m. kickoff at Westby High School.

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