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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Week 7 Around Plymouth County

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Class 3A District 2

Sergeant Bluff-Luton (3-3, 1-3) at Le Mars (1-5, 1-3)

Both teams enter Week 7 with 1-3 district records and an urgent need to win out the remainder of the season in order to possibly garner a playoff spot.

The Warriors of Sergeant Bluff-Luton have posted some impressive wins this season, including a 22-14 win in Week 5 over then-ranked Denison-Schleswig.

The Warriors' other two wins came in non-district play over Glenwood and Sioux City West.

While the Bulldogs have a matching 1-3 district mark, they were not victorious in their non-district matchups in the season's opening weeks.

The Bulldogs have struggled to produce consistent offensive output this season while the Warriors have demonstrated the ability to score.

SB-L has scored 82 total points on the year behind a relatively balanced offensive attack.

The Warriors have rushed for 466 yards and passed for 930 while scoring 24 points on the ground and 42 through the air.

Quarterback Kendal Hazel runs SB-L's offense. He has completed 82-of-151 attempts for 930 yards and seven touchdowns. Hazel, who has a 117.4 quarterback rating, has been intercepted three times.

Austin Krohn and Dillion Hiserote are the top two receivers, each having hauled in 23 passes on the year and combining for more than 600 yards.

On the ground, the Warriors look to Ryan Gase and Blake McCauley to roll up yards.

Le Mars relies on Levi Te Brink to run its offensive attack. Not only is the sophomore the team's starting quarterback, he is also the leading rusher with 241 yards on the season.

Travis Kinney, Kendall Candor, Brennan Buss, Jeremy Klingbeil and Gabe Rahn all provide threats on the ground for the 'Dogs.

Through the air, Te Brink looks to senior Kolin Brooks most often. He also has weapons in Ryan De Vos and Joey Husk.

The 'Dogs last won on the road at Spencer in Week 4.

Elsewhere in the district: Bishop Heelan at Denison-Schleswig; Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at Spencer ; MOC-Floyd Valley at Storm Lake

Class 1A District 1

Hinton (1-5, 1-3) at Lawton-Bronson (6-0, 4-0) (Saturday)

The Blackhawks struggled to produce against an 0-5 Ridge View squad in Week 6.

Hinton dropped its homecoming game by a 38-14 margin to post its second loss in a row.

Hinton will face a tough task on the road in Week 7 -- a ranked Lawton-Bronson squad that has yet to lose.

The district-leading Eagles have rolled up 1,583 yards on the ground to complement quarterback Matt Smith, who has helped the Eagles add another 631 yards through the air.

Smith has completed 32-of-49 passes for 631 yards and nine touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception this season. Smith has a quarterback rating of 234.1.

Luke Skinner is the Eagles' top receiver with 12 catches for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

Garrett Oates has eight receptions for 179 yards and two scores while Tanner Bates has caught four passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns.

Skinner is also the Eagles' top rusher as he has garnered 518 yards and three touchdowns on 57 attempts.

When the Eagles are in the red zone, they prefer to hand off to McKenna Oehlerking, who has 386 yards and seven touchdowns on 58 carries.

Tanner Bates has rushed for 231 yards and Blake Sappingfield has 162 yards on the ground for the Eagles.

The Blackhawks played without their leading rusher Craig Brown in last week's loss.

Dalton Becker stepped up and rushed for 67 yards while first-year starter Morgan Wenzel passed for an additional 59 yards in the game.

Austin Anfinson is a threat the Blackhawks use in the red zone; he scored on a 3-yard run last week.

The Blackhawks have been outscored 196-109, despite posting a 55-6 win over Westwood in Week 4.

Lawton-Bronson has outscored its opponents 248-73 in six games this season. The closest game was a 21-10 win over IKM-Manning in Week 4.

Elsewhere in the district: Manson-Northwest Webster at IKM-Manning; West Monona at Ridge View; Westwood at Prairie Valley

Class A District 1

Gehlen Catholic (6-0, 2-0) at Woodbury Central (4-2, 2-0)

The top-ranked Jays will face a potent passing attack in their last road game of the regular season.

The Wildcats have passed for the most yards in Class A so far this season. Junior quarterback Matthew Wright has led his team to a 4-2 record, including a 2-0 district mark, by completing 74-of-165 passes for 1,125 yards and 10 touchdowns. He does have eight interceptions on the season, so the Gehlen Catholic secondary, which has 10 picks on the year, will be ready. Blake Wiltgen has three of those and Alec Mousel returned his interception 66 yards for a touchdown.

William Dougherty and Jace Modrell are the Wildcats' top receivers as each has more than 300 yards this season. Quincy Lamp has 277 yards through the air and Ray Scheelhaase has 110 yards. Dougherty has scored six touchdowns and Lamp has caught three touchdown passes.

Scheelhaase leads the Woodbury Central ground game with 347 yards and four touchdowns. Wright has scored four times on the ground, but does not pose much of a rushing threat.

The Jays have a threatening passing attack, but their biggest threat is Class A's leading rusher and the second-highest yard gainer in the state, Trevor Bouma.

The senior has rushed for 1,371 yards and 23 touchdowns in six wins this season.

Zach Wurth has completed 42-of-84 passes for 819 yards and 12 touchdowns. His top receivers are Mousel, Michael Whitehead, Mick Sitzmann and Dylan Kneip.

This matchup will determine a single district leader with two games remaining in the regular season as both Gehlen Catholic and Woodbury Central are 2-0 in league play.

The Jays and Wildcats are also facing off in another competition this week. The cheerleaders from both schools are poised against each other in KPTH's 2011 Cheer Competition.

West Sioux (2-4, 1-1) at Akron-Westfield (4-2, 1-1)

After two Saturday games in a row, Akron-Westfield returns to Friday night football.

The Westerners hope to bounce back from their first district loss and second loss of the year when the Falcons of West Sioux come to Akron in Week 7.

The Westerners dropped a 14-0 decision to the Wildcats of Woodbury Central on Saturday in Moville.

A-W will host a West Sioux squad that relies on the ground game to produce offensive power. The Westerners run a similar offense, so the district showdown featuring Highway 12 rivals will be a battle.

Both teams also bring matching 1-1 district records into the contest, although the teams have opposite season records.

West Sioux has rolled up 1,204 of its 1,479 total yards on the ground this fall.

The Falcons focus their rushing attack on the speed of quarterback Nathaniel Ericson, who has acquired 669 yards and six touchdowns on 108 carries this year.

When Ericson hands off, David Hernandez is the top target with 286 yards on 72 carries. Isidro Topete has 126 yards on 29 attempts for West Sioux.

Ericson has completed 18-of-53 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown. He has been intercepted five times.

Hernandez is the top receiver with 114 yards on seven catches. Jesus Rivera has 85 yards on three receptions this fall. Rivera has the Falcons' only receiving touchdown.

The Westerners have an experienced signal caller in senior Chance Klemme, who has completed 44-of-82 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns. He has four interceptions on the year.

Chet Utesch is the top receiver with 202 yards while Mitchell Hedlund has 12 catches for 181 yards. Utesch has scored twice through the air and Hedlund has one touchdown catch.

The key to A-W's offense is Taylor James, who has rushed for 884 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Klemme is an added threat on the ground with 173 yards and four scores this year. Chet Willer has rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Elsewhere in the district: Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at Clay Central-Everly

Class 8-man District 1

Laurens-Marathon (4-3, 3-1) at Remsen St. Mary's (1-5, 1-3)

Both teams looked to shuffle up the district last week, but only one did.

Remsen St. Mary's played previously undefeated Newell-Fonda and Laurens-Marathon went up against previously unbeaten Kingsley-Pierson last Friday night. RSM lost to No. 6-ranked Newell-Fonda 57-26 while L-M made a statement in its 6-point upset win.

The Chargers' big win last week puts them in good shape for a postseason berth. Against K-P last week, L-M was led by a passing and rushing offense. Alex Runneberg passed for three touchdowns and Justin Dasilva had 62 rushing yards and a touchdown in the upset win. Mike Cleveland intercepted a pass for 23 yards.

The Chargers played well last week, but have been strong all year.

On defense, Colin Lind leads with 70 tackles, Runneberg has three interceptions and Jake Simpson has three fumble recoveries.

L-M's offense has also come up with strong numbers all season. Runneberg has thrown for 12 touchdowns. Matt Cleveland caught six touchdowns for 313 yards. Dasilva averages a 6.3 yards a carry this fall and has 11 rushing touchdowns.

"They have a good team," RSM coach Brad Gralheer said. "Their quarterback can both run and pass and their running back is very quick. We've seen them last year."

RSM missed the upset last week but goes for one against L-M. The Hawks need an upset if they want to keep their chances for a postseason berth alive.

The Hawks just may have the weapons to pull it off. Like Runneberg, Cody Colling is also a multi-threat quarterback. Colling has passed for 355 yards and four touchdowns while he's rushed for a team leading 461 yards and five scores. Beau Pick leads with 130 receiving yards and a touchdown.

While they need a potent offense, the Hawks will also need a strong defense if they want an upset.

Tyler Nielsen has been a huge part of the Hawks' defense this fall. Nielsen leads RSM with 27 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Travis Schroeder and Cody Koenck are next with 20 tackles each.

Elsewhere in the district: Newell-Fonda at Whiting; Remsen-Union at Kingsley-Pierson; Spalding Catholic at River Valley

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