GRIDIRON GLANCE: WEEK 7 - Spencer hosts Denison
As the Tigers found out last Friday, records can be misleading, as they lost to the previously 1-4 Carroll Tigers, 28-7. Tomorrow, Spencer faces another team with a losing record, Denison-Schleswig (1-5, 1-2), and it's homecoming.
The Tigers weren't able to do much in Carroll last week after falling behind quickly on a fumble-return touchdown on their second play. Spencer also got a punt blocked in the endzone for another Carroll score and gave up over 100 yards rushing to two Carroll running backs.
Spencer will look to get back on track against a Denison team that's coming off a 24-21 loss to Le Mars. Denison's only win came against Carroll, 29-28, on Sept. 7, three weeks prior to Carroll beating Spencer.
Denison QB Derek Hall completed just 5-of-17 passes but they were all for big yards as he finished with 214 yards and three touchdowns, including an 87-yard TD pass to T.J Pauley and an 85-yard TD pass to Justin Kahl.
Spencer, who gave up 229 yards passing in its loss to Le Mars, will have to avoid the big pass play and get back to what it does best: running the ball. The Tigers finished with a season-low 187 rushing yards against Carroll last week.
The district standings will continue to take shape after Friday's action as only two games will remain. Spencer plays at Algona (non district) and the regular season finale at No. 2 Bishop Heelan.
NOTES: Denison-Schleswig QB Derek Hall is third in 3A District 2 in passing yards with 880. He's completed 43 percent of his passes with 8 TDs and 8 INT. ..... Spencer QB Matt Finnern continues to lead the district in rushing yards with 740. .... Prior to last Friday's game against Carroll, the lowest point-total for the Tigers was 21 in the season opener against Emmetsburg. .... Spencer is averaging 26.8 points per game. .... Denison has been shut out twice. 21-0 vs. Harlan and 40-0 vs. Atlantic. .... Denison has lost to Storm Lake and beat Carroll. Spencer beat Storm Lake and lost to Carroll.
OTHER LOCAL GAMES
SIOUX CENTRAL (2-4, 1-3) AT OKOBOJI (0-6, 0-4) - MILFORD - 7 P.M.
Last week: Sioux Central fell behind, rallied to take the lead but eventually lost to Manson-NW Webster, 30-26, at homecoming in Albert City. Okoboji lost to Gehlen Catholic, 54-15.
Notes: Okoboji has given up over 50 points in five of its six games. .... The Rebels have lost three consecutive games and will face No. 7 St. Edmond next week. .... Sioux Central RB Devin Tripp is seventh in Class 1A with 914 rushing yards. The sophomore is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scored nine TDs. ..... Tripp also leads the Rebels in tackles with 66 (43 solo, 3 for loss). .... Okoboji gained just 14 yards rushing last week against Gehlen.
CLAY CENTRAL-EVERLY (0-6, 0-4) AT HARRIS-LAKE PARK (4-2, 3-1) - LAKE PARK - 7 P.M.
Last week: CC-E got behind big early in a 54-12 loss to Remsen-Union. Harris-Lake Park blew out River Valley, 61-8.
Notes: Harris-Lake Park has scored over 60 points in each of its last three games (2-1). They lost to M-M-C two weeks ago, 72-64. .... HLP QB Colin Brons is fourth in Class 8 with 1,175 passing yards. The senior has thrown 22 TDs and 2 INT. .... HLP's Eli Ihnen is fourth in receiving yards in Class 8 with 589 on 39 catches and 12 TDs. .... HLP's Kade Heikens is averaging 8.2 yards per carry (73/598) and 11 TDs. .... CC-E QB Chazz Brown is fifth in the district with 578 yards rushing.
NORTH IOWA (5-1, 3-1) AT GTRA (1-5, 1-3) - GRAETTINGER - 7 P.M.
Last week: GTRA got blown out at Newell-Fonda's homecoming, 69-8, against the top-ranked team. North Iowa won its third in a row with a 41-12 victory over Northeast Hamilton.
Notes: GTRA is averaging 9.6 points in its five losses. .... North Iowa's only loss came against Newell-Fonda, 34-20, on Sept. 7. .... North Iowa's Eric Krull has thrown for 803 yards with 9 TDs and 0 INT.