The Storm Lake Tornadoes (1-3) find themselves in the middle of a three game losing streak after last weeks 26-6 loss against the Tigers in Spencer Friday. The turnover problem that plagued them in their previous two losses seems to be cured, but Storm Lake's spread offense has struggled to find the end-zone since their 33 point performance in week one.
Over the last three games, the Tornadoes have been outscored 60-13, but they look to snap that streak as they travel to LeMars to take on the Bulldogs (1-3). LeMars (1-3) just ended their own three game losing streak as they squeaked past Denison-Schleswig 12-7.
The Tornadoes' offense matches up favorably against a slower, more physical LeMars a team that has seen teams able to find success through the air.
No quarterback in Class 3A has attempted more passes than Storm Lake's Bobby Brown who's already thrown for 673 yards.
Tony Pertzborn and Courtney Goodchild are both among the top-15 in 3A in receiving yards with 245 and 274 respectively. Ben Seaman, with 217 rushing yards, should also have some luck as the Bulldogs run defense has been virtually non-exist ant this season.
Storm Lake's defense will have their hands full again after giving up nearly 350 yards on the ground last week. LeMars runs a very similar offense to Spencer with numerous runners sharing the load as they play a physical game and try to grind it out on the ground.
"I think we have a pretty good chance against them," said Goodchild. "They're not very good against the pass from what I've heard. I think we can find some openings. We've got to get off the line quicker against their bump and run, and we need to give Bobby a little bit more time to throw. We know that if we don't win this game then we might not have a chance to get to the playoffs. We wanna get his one."
Against Denison, LeMars rushed for 278 yards with three different players getting ten or more carries and all of them going for 50 yards or more. The Bulldogs use a trio of backs who have all totaled more than 100 yards on the season, but quarterback Tyler Candor may be their biggest ground threat with 242 yards so far. In their matchup against the Tigers, the Bulldogs took a 35-14 drubbing.
The Tornadoes and Bulldogs are set to square off Friday in LeMars with kickoff at 7 PM.