The Panthers are set to host Sioux Falls Christian in a pivotal matchup here in week three. The Chargers have got off to a slow (0-2) start but have faced two ranked opponents making this week three straight. With narrow losses in both games, the Chargers will try to be as efficient as possible. The Panthers defense has been masterful to start the season under New Head Coach Kenny Wilhite, a defensive specialist in his own right. Keeping the Charger Offense and heavy rushing attack on the sidelines will be the key if Dakota Valley wants to keep the winning streak going. Sioux Falls won the playoff meeting last year 41-14 but this year the Panthers are pushing for a different outcome.
DV Offense: Junior QB Drew Lukken has shown poise in the pocket during his first two starts for the Panthers and will need to continue doing so here in order for the Panthers to be successful. His backfield mate RB Jackson Boonstra is one lane away from a touchdown every snap as the tailback has tallied nearly 100 rushing yards and a 2 touchdown a game average to start the early season. Airing the ball out to open the running lanes is a way this Panther team has balance in the new system. Look for big runs from Boonstra after key passing plays to Piel, Jones, VanDenHul, or any other weapon Lukken has in his arsenal.
DV Defense: Stopping the heavy rushing attack will be the main point of emphasis as the Chargers yardage ratio is 3/1 run over pass. The ground and pound approach the Chargers have will milk the clock for the Panthers Offense making it very important to keep the down and distance to 10+ yards to force a punt. Getting the Chargers into passing situations fits right into the game plan for the Panthers as they look to build off last week's (5) INT game, taking away any air attack. The linebackers might have the biggest responsibility this week on filling holes and keeping contain. Limiting any big play on the ground spells out success for DV, so sure tackling and active hands trying to poke a ball free are highlighted keys for all eleven defenders to do soundly.