Wrightstown knows what's at stake on Friday

Wrightstown looks to clinch a share of the North Eastern Conference with a win Friday in the Game Time Game of the Week,

WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- Through six weeks of the season Wrightstown was cruising, looking like it would go through the regular season undefeated ... and then Freedom happened.

Last week, the Tigers stumbled on their way to a perfect season as Freedom dropped Wrightstown, 26-10.

Still, not all is lost. If Wrightstown wins its final two games it wins the North Eastern Conference. Game 1 is Friday against fellow co-leader Luxemburg-Casco in the Game Time Game of the Week.

"I think it's real obvious, the team that wins this has a leg up on the conference," Wrightstown coach Steve Klister said. "I think it's probably a little more important to us because we have a very tough game the last week besides. So getting this week would be huge."

The NEC is just in its third season and Freedom and Luxemburg-Casco won the first two titles, respectively. Klister said it would mean a lot to join the crowd.

"Coming into this conference, Freedom has a conference championship, Luxemburg has got a conference championship," he said. "It'd be a great feather in our hat to say the same thing, but we obviously have a lot of work ahead of us."

Wrightstown (6-1), ranked No. 7 in the FOX 11 Top 11, will get a chance to show what it's made of Friday. No. 9 L-C is the defending champ and don;t care the Tigers are coming off a loss. Wrightstown has to be ready.

"We have to do a better job of running the ball and being able to control the line of scrimmage because Freedom kind of took us out of our game," Klister said. "We threw 31 times, which is not our mantra."

Senior lineman Luke Haese knows Wrightstown has to pick up its play.

"We just had too many mental mistakes," he said. "We know we have to come back this week and work on them. We just have to play as a team as a whole and know our assignments and as long as everyone does their job we'll be fine."

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