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Notre Dame working to keep winning streak rolling

Cameron Wynn (#3) in action against Silverdale earlier this season. The junior will be pivotal in the Irish's second playoff game. They face Knox Grace Friday night. PHOTO: WTVC SPORTS

Friday night marks the second round of the playoffs in Tennessee and Notre Dame hopes to keep rolling.

The Irsih haven't lost since the first game of the season.

But Knox Grace Christian Academy has other things in mind.

Knox Grace and Notre Dame met on October 13th.

The Irish won 35-27, the Irish's closest game of the season.

The team was coming off fall break, an off week.

They admit they played sloppy.

Coach Charles Fant remembered that game and what they must do Friday night, "The number one thing for us is going to be eliminating penalties. I think we had like 19 penalties in that game, that was the most I've ever been around. "

But the Irish haven't lost a game since the opener against Baylor.

This week, they have drilled down on the fundamentals. "We're just going to keep it simple, keep it basic and then try our best to put our kids in better positions so that when that first whistle blows, we're going to be 100 miles an hour," Fant noted.

Cameron Wynn is one player who'll be hitting that speed.

The dynamic junior knows what's at stake. Wynn said, "As far as going into this game, we'll be ready this week. We have things to do, it's do or die. We're not planning on trying to go home."

The Irish will face a team that likes to throw.

The quarterback has thrown for more than 2,000 yards.

Coach Fant said the Rams have an exceptional running back and a fundamentally sound defense. "For us, it's about establishing the run. We rushed for over 200 yards against them last time and threw for about 150, I think," Fant said.

Fant has the luxury of having 16 seniors on his team.

They know they don't get another shot.

The coach said they are well aware. "We make sure our kids know what's at stake. That's how we keep them focused. You ain't got to say much to seniors. Seniors know one bad move, one bad day, it's basketball season. "

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