SWINK — The Swink High School football team will make its final road trip of the season on Friday as it will head to Fowler to face the seventh-ranked Grizzlies.

Lions' coach Dan Hiltz said that Fowler is a very aggressive team.

"They're ranked in the Top 10 for a reason," Hiltz said. "They're good, they're physical, they're big. They run the ball well and they're throwing it pretty well also. They had a tough overtime loss to Hoehne a couple of weeks ago, which is always one of the top teams in the state. They're back to what everybody knows as a normal Fowler team."

Hiltz said that Fowler's primary offensive formation is the 'I'

"Most of their stuff is the 'I' formation," Hiltz said. "They'll spread it a little as well and they'll put in a flanker and a split. They run dives up the middle, but their quarterback is a pretty decent passer. He's a sophomore and he's done a really good job. And he's athletic and a good runner."

The Grizzlies are also very strong on defense.

"We'll probably see a four-man front," Hiltz said. "They're very good on defense. They're big and physical and quick. Their guys run to the ball and tackle well. So it will be a tough test to move the ball on Fowler."

The Lions improved their record to 3-4 amd 1-2 in the Southern League last week as they defeated Kiowa at home by a score of 24-6.

"It was the first time this season that we've come out and played a complete game," Hiltz said. "We did a really good job. The kids learned if they play a complete game, they're a pretty good team. We're hoping that it rolls over to this week. The kids are feeling good and I think it's pretty exciting. Whenever there's a chance, there's a chance. So we'll take what ever chance there is and we're going to work as hard as we can and see if we can go there and play some competitive football with Fowler."

Fowler improved to 6-1 and 2-1 in league play after defeating Simla on the road 40-14 last Friday.

Brandon Amrhein is out for the season, but D'Andre Jiminez is scheduled to return to the lineup. Hiltz reports no further injuries.

"We always miss Brandon, of course, but we have everybody else back this week," Hiltz said.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Vibber Field.

Next week

Both teams will conclude the regular season next week. Swink will host third-ranked Hoehne next Friday at 7 p.m., while Fowler will play at Kiowa also next Friday at 7 p.m.