Another week of high school football has been entered into the record books. Our area teams went 4-1 this week, and the one loss was due to two of them playing against one another. College football also got underway.
The Storm Lake Tornadoes went on the road to face the Pocahontas Area Indians, and left Friday night with a 28-0 victory over the 2A school. The Tornado defense stepped up big time against the Indians and controlled most of the game. In the third quarter, the Indians held the ball for the majority of the period, and came away with nothing thanks to the bend but don't break efforts of Storm Lake.
The pass rush did a good job of getting pressure on the Indians quarterback through the night with a couple of sacks registered by the Tornado defense. As noted, Storm Lake's defense held PAC-LM to just 120 yards of offense through the night.
That's quite an impressive performance by the defense after getting beaten a couple of times in the first quarter on a counter play that gave PAC-LM a couple of first downs. The Storm Lake offense was consistent and balanced again with senior Michael Demers putting out another good performance for the Tornadoes.
The real story of the Tornado offense was Josh Werge who found the end zone three times through the contest, all three scores coming in a different quarter of play. With the way Storm Lake has played in the first two games of the season, a winning record is easily in play. If the defense keeps performing like it has in the first two weeks, and the offense remains balanced and consistent, this should be a good season for the Tornadoes.
Remember last week when I said the sky doesn't fall after one loss? Newell-Fonda rebounded in such impressive fashion against Glidden-Ralston on Friday night. The Mustang defense stepped up and played better than they did against CRB in week one.
The offense looks to be in solid hands with Reed Kruse at the helm. It looked like he had an impressive game with over 175 yards on the ground with a few scores tossed in. Yet, it was the defense that stepped up and shut down the GR attack through the night. The Mustang defense allowed 152 yards.
Like I mentioned last week, you simply won't give up over 400 yards a game. A young team needs the time to come together. If this past week was any indication of that, the Mustangs should be fine as they roll into a tough game on Friday against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Aryshire who have laid the lumber against their first two opponents on the season.
The Sioux Central rushing attack is a two headed monster. There's no other way to state it. Seniors Brady Rusk and Mac Prior are a compliment to one another. Rusk handled most of their work on Friday night, earning his way to 240 yards and four scores.
Prior only had ten carries, but that 13.8 yards per carry is an impressive number to look at. The Sioux Central passing game has been relatively nonexistent in the first two weeks, but with the backfield they possess with Prior and Rusk, passing the ball shouldn't really need to be an option when you can get them to chew up the yards and clock all night.
Through two games, Rusk is already sitting at 425 yards and five scores. To put this into perspective, Rusk is basically halfway to his season total from a year ago. Class A-District 2 might have their hands full stopping Sioux Central's ground game.
Ridge View squeaked out a win against OA-BCIG. The game was streaming on the local radio station's website which meant I was able to watch some of the game. I saw a few good defensive stands near the goal line to keep the other team out of the end zone.
It looked to be an impressive back and forth game where momentum would switch nearly every position. Raptor signal caller Tyler Wingert still looks to be one of the best duel-threat quarterbacks in the area as he racked up nearly 150 yards total and both Ridge View scores.
Ridge View's defense had a fantastic stand at the end of the game to preserve the victory over the Falcons. Defense was the name of the game this week for our teams it seemed like. All four teams that won played good defense at the right time to come away with the win.
Despite having problems on the ground, Alta-Aurelia's aerial attack kept them in the game for the most part against Sioux Central. Warrior senior Jared Weiland had over 100 yards receiving to help his team.
Coaches have told me quite a bit this season that the key to winning games this year is winning the line of scrimmage. Storm Lake controlled the line, Newell-Fonda controlled the line, Sioux Central controlled the line, and I'm unsure of how the Ridge View run defense did as a whole, but what I saw showed me that they controlled it when the game mattered.
The four teams that won controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to get more physical against their opponents. It's true of football at any level. Look at the Iowa State and Northern Iowa game as an example.
The Cyclones lost at the line of scrimmage which negated their running attack all night long. UNI won at the line which helped them to upset the Cyclones. Though, with Northern Iowa's #5 ranking in the FCS, I don't think it's as big of an upset as most people would like to call it. Remember, Northern Iowa did beat North Dakota State last season.
Iowa State's performance against UNI was very lackluster. They have a lot of kinks to work out before the big game against Iowa on Saturday.
The mistakes that were made by the leaders of the offense were mind boggling. Joel Lanning's game ending interception was a terrible throw. His first pick was a bad decision as well. There were no Cyclones anywhere around where he was throwing the ball.
Joel Lanning should know better by now. Yes, he hasn't started too many games this season, but as a starter for a "Power 5" program, he has to learn how to read the defense better.
Mike Warren's fumble was just a bad play all around. UNI's defense just did a fantastic job against the Iowa State offense all night long.
The Iowa Hawkeyes rolled to what looked to be an easy win. Granted they were facing a team that UNI probably could've beaten as well.
Miami of Ohio was a perfect tune-up contest for the black and gold. They know what they need to work on to get ready to host Iowa State.
If Iowa State plays as badly on Saturday against Iowa as they did against UNI, it will get ugly quickly. Iowa's front is stronger and faster than UNI's. Line of scrimmage, man, I'm telling you. Control that line and you will more than likely end up winning.