ARMSTRONG - While North Union is happy to get a victory under its new name last week, the Warriors know they have a long way to go.
"It was nice to get that first win for North Union, but we realize we made a lot of mistakes," said North Union co-coach Tommy Elliott on the team's 20-13 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central last week.
The Warriors now host Bishop Garrigan for their first home game tonight. The Bears lost 33-0 to St. Edmond's of Fort Dodge last week.
"We watched tape and Garrigan is a lot better than the score showed," said Elliott. "They play hard and run the option well."
After ELC had some success with the option against North Union last week, that could be a concern.
"We worked on covering that during the week. We know we'll have our hands full."
Garrigan did put up 195 yards on the ground, but the Gaels had 378 in last week's game. Each team completed just one pass.
Size-wise, Elliott said the Warriors match up better with Garrigan.
Looking to the team's self improvement, Elliott looks for the squad to get off to a faster start.
"Little more offense would be better," he said. "We had a lot of trouble finding a rhythm."
That's somewhat understandable as the North Union players get used to playing the 11-man game after playing eight-man the past few years.
But the Warriors know they need to step up immediately.