GENOA – Things didn't go exactly as the Cogs planned when the Genoa-Kingston football team took on Dixon a month ago in Genoa.
The Dukes put up 518 yards of offense in a 46-14 win against the Cogs, who are still only giving up 14.4 points per game heading into the rematch this week in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Dixon.
"I think the kids are ready to prove we're better than 46-14," first-year coach Chad Wilmarth said. "I think they're ready to prove that this week."
This time around, the No. 3 Dukes come into the game 9-1 and fresh off a 40-35 first-round win against No. 14 Geneseo. The No. 6 Cogs were 50-7 winners against No. 11 Elmwood Park. The winner of the game will face No. 2 Raby or No. 10 Richmond-Burton.
Arthur Cox tore through the Cogs in the teams' first meeting. He had 158 yards on just four first-quarter carries, including touchdowns of 67 and 80 yards. He finished the game with 233 yards on 21 carries.
His fast start opened up the passing game for Noah Wilcox and the Dukes. He had negative-5 passing yards in the first quarter, but finished 18 of 29 for 226 yards and two scores.
"They definitely have a very solid weapon in Arthur Cox and that offensive line," Wilmarth said. "They're well-coached, they maintain their blocks. Even their receivers, when they're out blocking the do a really nice job. We've got to be on top of our game and really be ready to play."
Genoa-Kingston linebacker Dylan Kribs said the team has been watching film on the last game, and know who to stop and how to stop them this time around.
"I think we're more prepared," Kribs said. "We know what we did wrong last time and we're fixing those errors. We're hoping to come out and have a game with them."
Quarterback and linebacker Griffin Hansen said the Cogs have to play their usual quick defense this time around.
"We feel like we didn't play our best the first time around," Hansen said. "We want to prove we're a good team."
Dixon coach Dave Smith said the plan for the Duke is the same as it was four games ago.
“We’re going to do what we’re good at,” Smith said. “We’re Dixon, and we’re not going to be different in Week 11 than we were in Week 7. We have our fundamentals, we have our offense, we have our defense and we have our special teams, and right now we’re just trying to get better at all three phases.”
Wilmarth, who is also the Cogs' wrestling coach, said beating someone twice in a year is tricky.
"I can only compare it to football or wrestling, but it's always tough," Wilmarth said. "You can have a good game against somebody, you can wrestle good against somebody, but it's always tougher to get them the next time. ... Hopefully we can fix the things we can fix and step it up."
And that's something Wilcox said he and the Dukes are very aware of.
“We still prepare the same way,” Wilcox said. “Pretty much anyone can agree it’s much harder to beat a team twice in a row, so if anything, it makes us work harder. We don’t take them lightly. They’re a very good team. We still have to come in an do our thing, just like we do every week.”