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Thursday, October 12, 2006

With a first or second-place in District 1 of Class 3A most likely out of the picture, the Storm Lake football team hopes to finish the season with three straight wins.

"The kids and coaching staff were disappointed with last week's loss to Spencer (42-29), but I think we're all over that and ready to get after the rest of our schedule."

Week seven for the Tornadoes will be another road game, this one at Spirit Lake. The Indians should have some confidence in Friday's game after beating MOC/Floyd Valley 35-7 last week for their first district win.

"I'm sure they'll be pumped up to get a second straight district win," Wilken added.

Spirit Lake's other district defeats included a 17-9 loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton, a 28-14 loss to Denison-Schleswig and a 35-7 loss from of Sioux City.

The Indians have shown good balance on offense between the run and pass, he added. Thus far, Spirit Lake has averaged 152 yards rushing per game and 128 yards passing.

Spirit Lake has given up its share of points. They allow an average of 21 points per game and score 18 ppg.

"We can score on them if we come to play," Wilkening said. "I feel if we score early, it might take some air out of them after their emotional win last week."

On offense, the Indians are led by 6-foot-1 senior quarterback Jake Heneman.

"They like to line up in different offensive sets," Wilken said. "Much of the time, they run out or a shotgun with four receivers out. This will be another challenge for us on defense."

Spirit Lake's top receiver, 6-2 senior Eric Reese, has caught 19 passes for 428 yards, an average of 23 receivng yards per game.

"Our key on defense is to get a good rush on (Heneman) and fly to the ball," Wilkening said. Spirit Lake coach Brad Grimmius is just as concerned about the Storm Lake offense.

With some outsanding athletes at key positions, and a talented, veteran offensive line, the Tornadoes have rushed for 785 yards, an average of 129 yards per game.

Senior Tyson Brandt has been one of the district's top rushers, He's rushed 146 times for 118 yards per game and 4.7 yards per run plus six touchowns.

"I think (coach Bill) McCabe would say he wants to stay balanced on offense," Wilkening said. "I think if we come to play on both sides of the ball, we should be OK.

"If they give us some trouble early, we could be in for another dogfight."

Senior quarterback Mitch McCabe leads a SLHS passing attack that averages 77 yards per game. He's completed 82 of 137 passes (60 percent) for 933 yards, an average of 11.39 yards per reception.

"We match up with them well in size, and we'll stunt a lot on defense to keep them off-balance," Wilkening said.

"We'll have to have good pass coverage from our linebackers and defensive secondary."



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