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Tigers Prep for No. 1 Montrose

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Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:51:24 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--Thursday night is a huge Southwestern Leauge showdown as Grand Junction (5-2) takes on Class 4A No. 1 Montrose (7-0).

The Tigers are coming off a bye and will look to get back on track after an overtime loss to Durango, and the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Grand Junction.

Austin Lewis will return after suffering a high ankle sprain against Fruita Monument. The senior running back is sixth in Class 5A with 133 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

"We're going to have to come out and play our best," Lewis said. "They're going to play their best against us, they always do. It's always a good game. They're always really physical. We're going to come out and be physical too."

Senior free safety John Wiman will also be back for the first time since September 14th's loss to Ralston Valley.

Thursday night is Grand Junction's second-to-last game of the regular season, and expectations are always high for this group, but they know Montrose will be a big challenge.

"They're able to compete with anybody," head coach Robbie Owens said. "Their scheme is very difficult to defend, so I think the key component for us, obviously offensively we know we have a great identity.

"We've got to put points on the board and we've got to put pressure on them to keep up with us offensively. And then defensively, we've got to play a physical style. They're going to require you to play physical football."

The Tigers are second in the state in scoring, averaging 44 points per game.
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