The Tornadoes got their season off to an impressive start last week as they took care of business rather easily in their 33-20 victory over rival Cherokee.
The offense was explosive, the defense dominant at times, and solid contributions were made by veterans and newcomers alike.
The Tornadoes had only one penalty and no turnovers as they appeared like anything but a team playing their first game of the regular season.
Storm Lake (1-0) will look for this momentum to carry over into this week's matchup against Sheldon (0-1). The Orabs went 7-2 last season and just missed out on a playoff berth.
Sheldon visited Estherville-Lincoln Central last Friday and fell by a score of 25-13.
They had some success offensively as they had nearly 150 yards passing and 100 more on the ground, but turnovers proved costly for in the opener.
"Athletically, they're pretty good in the skill positions," said Storm Lake head coach Bill McCabe. "And a lot of those kids played some for them last year. We have to be a little more physical this week. We've got to set the tone early in the game that we're here to play."
Storm Lake's spread offense could have another big week against the Orabs as they put up 70 yards on the ground and 288 through the air in week one.
Bobby Brown completed 21 of 30 passes for over 250 yards and 3TDs. He would add a fourth score on the ground.
Six different Tornadoes caught passes as they kept the defense guessing.
Tony Pertzborn had a monster of a game as he hauled in nine passes for 128 yards and 2TDs to go along with a 37-yard pass completion. Courtney Goodchild had 85 yards and a TD on just nine touches in the game.
The Orabs gave up over 250 yards on the ground in their loss last week which is good news for the Tornadoes who will look to establish a reliable ground game to go alongside their aerial attack. Ben Seaman ran hard against Cherokee as he put up 73 yards and a TD last week.
Another zero-turnover, one-penalty performance might be hard to duplicate, but the Storm Lake offense looked potent enough that they should be able to overcome a few hiccups against Sheldon.
Perhaps the bigger issue will be if the sophomore class can perform at the impressive level they did against Cherokee, especially on the defensive end.
"They all contributed," said McCabe. "They knew their assigments and made plays. That's what you count own. A lot has to do with their senior leadership. They do a great job communicating. They make sure everyones in the right spot. I think all the kids are coming in pretty well focused. That helps us not only with the snap count, but what they're supposed to every play, hopefully it will continue."The Tornadoes look to make it 2-0 heading into district play as they kickoff in Sheldon at 7:00 PM.