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Women’s Interhall

McGlinn readies for duel with Howard

| Thursday, October 30, 2014

McGlinn and Howard will square off Sunday with both teams’ playoff hopes on the line at Riehle Fields.

Interhall GraphicMary McGraw | The Observer
Both teams have dealt with ups and downs this season, but a win this Sunday would launch either the Shamrocks (2-3) or the Ducks (2-3) into the postseason. With so many implications on the line, McGlinn senior captain Emma Collis says the team is relying on working as a unit in order to win this game.

“The game plan going into the game against Howard is just to play hard and work together,” Collis said. “I think we have a strong team that had a tough start to the season, but I believe we’ve ironed out the major kinks and will be strong going into this game.”

Scoring points has not been a problem for McGlinn, who put six touchdowns on the board in a 37-6 rout of Badin a week ago. On the season, the Shamrocks average 12.2 points per game. However, the Shamrocks have struggled to score extra points consistently this season. That is something they look to improve upon in this Sunday’s game, Collis said.

“Of the six touchdowns we had last game, we only completed one extra point.” Collis said. “I think that and punt return are where we have struggled most this season.”

The Ducks return to the field after almost a month off. The last time they played, they lost 25-7 to Pangborn on Oct. 5. On the season, Howard has alternated wins and losses. Its two wins on the year have both come against teams below the Ducks in the standings, Badin and Breen-Phillips.

McGlinn and Howard will face off in an effective play-in game to the playoffs at 9 p.m., on Sunday at Reihle Fields.

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