Potential playoff bids on the line in week eight action
Note: All kickoff times are set for 7 p.m.
Storm Lake hosts rival Spencer on Senior Night
The Tornadoes picked up a big win on Saturday in 3A-District 1 play after knocking off Spirit Lake, 41-19, to take sole possession of second place in the district. This week they host rival Spencer in another big district tilt. Storm Lake’s record sits at 6-1, 5-1. The Tigers come in with a 5-2, 3-2 record in that three way log jam for third in the district.
Senior running back Lamar Mulgae leads Storm Lake in rushing and receiving yards this season with a completed 670 yards in 76 touches with five touchdowns. Senior fullback Brayden Hoops had 471 yards on the ground with a district leading 16 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Kevin Duque has thrown for 759 yards with three touchdowns to only one interception. As a team, Storm Lake averages 358 yards and 36 points a game.
Hoops leads the stop unit with 57.5 tackles, four of them for a loss and two sacks. Aaron Ungs has a team high seven tackles for a loss. The Tornado defense has forced 13 turnovers on the year, returning two for a touchdown. The defense gives up an average of 233 yards and 14 points.
The Spencer Tigers are fresh off of a 21-14 victory against the LeMars Bulldogs last week. The Tigers run an old school triple option offense, something that Storm Lake coach Rudy Wieck takes notice of.
“Stopping them is all about doing our jobs. We have to stay home, stay on our assignments and tackle,” he said. “That’s how you slow them down.”
Tiger senior quarterback Cade Hopkins leads the team in rushing with 576 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. Senior Brendan Ellis has 472 yards on 55 carries, senior Cooper Fox 450 on 68 and sophomore Isaiah Spencer 252 on 57. Spencer has 104 yards through the air this year, 99 of them coming from Hopkins. They average 281 yards and 20 points per game.
Their defense can vary up front according to Coach Wieck. They can run either a four or five man front, but he knows that his offensive linemen know what to do against the different Tiger fronts. Senior John Feldman leads the team with 46 tackles. Sophomore Issac Pingel had seven tackles for a loss and two sacks. Junior Michael Storey has been a ballhawk for the Tiger defense with six interceptions this season. The Tigers allow an average of 271 yards a game and 17 points.
“All of our district games are big games. No game matters more than the other,” Coach Wieck said. “We were happy to get the win against Spirit Lake, but every game in our district is important.”
Last year’s meeting between the two rivals, the Tornadoes took a 40-13 victory in Spencer. Mulgae ran for 100 yards, Duque ran for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Alta-Aurelia hopes to pick up third win
Last week was a rain, muddy game for the Warriors as they fell against the Emmetsburg E-Hawks, 20-13. The 2-5, 1-4 Alta-Aurelia football team will travel to Milford on Friday night to take on the 2-5, 0-5 Okoboji Pioneers.
“We must be able to run the ball and set up our play action passes,” Co-Head Coach Grant Peckenschneider said.
The Warrior ground game had issues getting going last week but senior Kaleb Sleezer has ran for 648 yards and four touchdowns this season. Sophomore signal caller Logan McCoy has 10 total touchdowns, four through the air and six on the ground, to go with 518 all purpose yards. The Warriors average 233 yards and 19 points per game.
“We need to play sound fundamental defense and must get to the quarterback,” Peckenschneider said. “Our secondary has been pretty solid this year.”
Alta-Aurelia has picked off five passes this season and allowed just 458 yards through the air this season. Senior Jaden Henrichs has a team high 56.5 tackles and junior Nick Gaes has seven solo tackles for a loss and five solo sacks. The Warriors allow 26 points a game.
“They like to throw the ball. They have a good receiving corp and a solid young quarterback,” Peckenschneider said. “We expect them to pack the box and try to stop our run. We need to play sound, fundamental defense and must get to the quarterback.”
Pioneer junior quarterback Jacob Allen has thrown for 942 yards and four touchdowns, but has been prone to the interception throwing eight of them. He completes 51 percent of his passes. Senior Logan Abrahamson has caught 22 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Okoboji averages 201 yards per game, 134 yards through the air, and nine points a game.
Draven Olsen leads the team in tackles with 41, six for a loss and had two sacks. Ryan Feller has six tackles for a loss and four sacks. They’ve forced seven turnovers this year. Okoboji allows an average of 370 yards and 30 points.
Raptors aim to end small skid in home finale
Ridge View nearly pulled off the upset on Saturday night against #3 Algona Garrigan before falling in overtime. This week they will host 1-6, 1-4 MMCRU. The 4-3, 3-2 Raptors have lost two in a row and will look to put an end to that.
The Raptors are led by a rushing attack that puts up 205 yards a game on average. Senior Jake Mitchell has 709 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns. Junior quarterback Jake Tokheim has thrown for 462 yards this year. They average 23 points a game this year.
Junior Jake Kliegl leads the defense with 67 tackles, four of them for a loss. Senior Jaxon Franken has three interceptions this year. The defensive gives up 18 points a game.
MMCRU has struggled on offense this year. Quarterback Andrew Prescott has thrown for 543 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. Evan Cluck leads the ground game with 300 yards. They average 169 yards a game and 10 points a game.
Hunter Tentinger paces the defense with 49.5 tackles. Tyler Whited has two sacks and Tristen Olson has their lone interception. They give up 364 yards and 35 points a game.
Sioux Central looks to make it five wins in a row
The Rebels are beginning to roll following a big A-District 2 win on Friday night against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 28-21. This week they will travel to Fort Dodge to take on the 3-4, 3-2 St. Edmond Gaels. Sioux Central enters this week with a 5-2, 4-1 record.
“They are a very skilled team,” Rebel Head Coach Brandon Goodchild said. “They will throw a lot at us offensively with a big front. We will have to be physical and disciplined with a turnover free week.”
Junior Ben Hargens has been the workhorse for Sioux Central this season. He’s taken 229 carries and turned those into 1199 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is second in Class A with those 1199 rushing yards. Senior Jacob Gasperi has 419 yards on the ground. Senior Caden Krager leads the defense with 47.5 tackles, four of those for a loss. The Rebels have forced seven turnovers this year.
The Gaels defeated North Union last week, 12-0, for that third district win of the season. Quarterback Andrew Gibb has thrown for 875 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions. Cade Naughton leads the ground game with 417 yards on 83 totes and six touchdowns. Isaac Lursen has 36 of the 65 completions thrown by Gibb for 595 yards and three touchdowns. Jack Rasmussen is a tackling machine for the Gaels, picking up 82 of them, four for a loss. St. Edmond has forced 10 turnovers on the season.
#5 Newell-Fonda looks for third straight win
The Mustangs qualified for the playoffs with a 20-7 win last Friday night against Harris-Lake Park. Friday night sees 6-1, 4-1 Newell-Fonda head to West Bend to take on the 3-3, 1-3 West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.
The Mustangs make no secret about their bread and butter being their two headed running game of seniors Jesse Haack and Austin Gerdes. Haack has 857 yards on 107 carries with 13 touchdowns as Gerdes has 551 yards on 56 totes and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Bryce Coppock has thrown for 279 yards and ran for another 329 with seven scores in total. The NF offense averages 337 yards and 40 points per game.
Haack leads the stop unit with 54 tackles. Senior Jake Davis has three sacks on the year. Coppock has five interceptions on the year. They allow 240 yards and 15 points per game.
The Wolverines have used two quarterbacks this year, Lincoln Fehr and Cole Hoskins. Fehr has thrown five interceptions to four touchdowns while Hoskins has thrown just a score. Neither completes more than 42 percent of their passes. Thad Fogarty leads them in rushing with 334 yards and Danie Riesenberg has 15 catches for 348 yards and four touchdowns. WBM averages 285 yards and 35 points a game.
Ferh leads the defense with 50.5 tackles and nine sacks and Riesenberg has seven. WBM allows an average of 287 yards and 29 points.