Gridiron Glance - August 31

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Spencer ‘B’ back Isaiah Spencer, pictured reading his blocks week one against Spirit Lake, and the rest of the Tigers will try to right the ship Friday night on the road against Webster City.
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LAST YEAR

Spencer spent week two of last year climbing out of a 12 point halftime deficit to Central Lyon/George-Little Rock by posting 33 unanswered points in the second half to move to 2-0 on the year. Webster City meanwhile put together a 41-27 win over Clear Lake with the help of a 201 yard rushing performance from now graduated feature back Zane Williams and a 108 yard effort on the ground from now senior quarterback Dylan Steen. The Tigers and Lynx haven’t seen each other on the field for at least the last 10 years.

LAST WEEK

Apart from a 79-yard touchdown pass and a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown, Spencer went step for step with a well-rounded Spirit Lake squad, falling 27-13. The Tigers displayed a somewhat surprising affinity for passing with 12 attempts in the air, gaining 55 yards. Isaiah Spencer was the bell cow back he was expected to be going into the season, carrying the rock 25 times for 122 yards. Webster City’s Trace Kepler was even more of a workhorse, rushing 35 times for 170 yards in a 14-6 win over a Gilbert team that went 2-7 in 2017.

OVERVIEW

Rarely does Spencer go into games as the more dangerous team in the air, but the threat of Michael Storey on the outside was well established in week one, giving the Lynx something extra to think about in addition to the complex triple option run game. Despite the Tigers’ ability to fling it, the purple and gold most certainly is more interested in establishing the ground offense, meaning fans can expect a fairly rapid game clock with plenty of clouds of dust. Whichever team gets the opposing defensive line on its heels first will be well on its way to picking up the victory. The toughest part for each squad may simply be deciphering who has the ball behind the hogmollies with the Tigers running the option and the Lynx using a rarely seen these days wing T based approach.


SPENCER

PASSING

Gage Garnatz — 5-12, 55 yards

RUSHING

Isaiah Spencer — 25-122, 1 TD

Griffin Garnatz — 2-33

Gage Garnatz — 15-31

RECEIVING

Michael Storey — 5-55

TACKLES

Jacob Doran — 5.5 tackles

Griffin Garnatz — 4.5 tackles

Chase Hough — 4.5 tackles, 1 for loss


WEBSTER CITY

PASSING

Dylan Steen — 1-2, 14 yards

RUSHING

Trace Kepler — 35-170, 1 TD

Garrett Whitmore — 4-63, 1 TD

D. Steen — 12-48

RECEIVING

Henry Hoversten — 1-14

TACKLES

Trey Mathis — 9.5 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack

Caleb Olson — 8 tackles


GRAETTINGER-TERRIL/RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE (0-1) at SIOUX CENTRAL (1-0)

LAST YEAR

Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire put together a heartbreaker of an 8-man campaign in 2017, losing just two games by a combined six points en route to being snubbed from the playoffs. Their week two game was a comfortable 34-6 win over a Northwood-Kensett squad that finished 5-4. Week two was less kind to the Rebels a year ago as they endured a 40-13 hit job by Alta-Aurelia, giving up 141 yards to now graduated Warrior Kaleb Sleezer on just 12 carries.

LAST WEEK

Sioux Central got the year started with a methodical 25-7 win over a Pocahontas Area team coming off of two straight winless seasons. Ben Hargens returned for his senior season with a vengeance, running for 153 yards and two scores on 35 carries. The Titans on the other hand played their first 11-man game since merging as Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayshire with better results than most teams that make the jump back up to the full-sized game. However, it still went down as a loss by a score of 19-6 to South O’Brien with the only points coming on a 30-yard touchdown pass. GT/RA finished the game with 15 pass attempts to 23 rush attempts, showing a commitment to balance.

OVERVIEW

Coming off a playoff appearance in 2017 and week one win, Sioux Central garnered some Class A votes in the first official poll of the year while GT/RA is simply trying to find its footing in 11-man competition. Few teams manage to pick up a win their first season they put three extra guys out there, and notching that win against a playoff contender is even more of a rarity. The Titans seem to have brought some of the 8-man game with them with their willingness to go to the air, but Sioux Central’s ground and pound formula hasn’t had many hiccups since Hargens started getting 30-plus carries a game. GT/RA senior Chris Conlon could be in for a busy night of trying to corral the Rebel runner after he led the Titans with 19.5 total tackles, including 12 solo stops, in week one. No other Titan had more than three solo tackles.


SIOUX CENTRAL

PASSING

Jake Hanson — 3-9, 58 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

RUSHING

Ben Hargens — 35-153, 2 TD

Blake Cavanaugh — 10-47

J. Hanson — 7-28

RECEIVING

Prestan Samson — 2-31

Caden Webber — 1-27, 1 TD

TACKLES

P. Samson — 10.5 tackles

B. Hargens — 4.5 tackles, 0.5 for loss


GRAETTINGER-TERRIL/RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE

PASSING

Jace Naig — 6-15, 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

RUSHING

J. Naig — 8-33

Cormick Currans — 4-24

RECEIVING

Tommy Geelan — 3-78, 1 TD

Kadin Norris — 2-27

TACKLES

Chris Conlon — 19.5 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack

Carter Murray — 7 tackles


NORTH IOWA (0-1) at CLAY CENTRAL-EVERLY (0-1)

LAST YEAR

Clay Central-Everly and North Iowa went through similar scenarios in week two last year with the Mavs falling 65-0 to Ar-We-Va in Royal and the Bison dropping a 54-8 road contest to West Bend-Mallard. Both teams finished the season without a victory. CC-E last played North Iowa in 2015, and things didn’t go so well for the red and gold which dropped the game 62-22.

LAST WEEK

Week one was rough on both squads as North Iowa dropped a home game against Harris-Lake Park 34-12 and CC-E went on the road to get housed 67-0 by Northwood-Kensett. The Bison scored on a 45-yard punt return and a 47-yard rushing touchdown from senior Isaiah Walk.

OVERVIEW

Seeing a special teams score for the Bison has to give CC-E some concern after the Mavs allowed their lone kickoff of week one to go 71 yards the other way for six. North Iowa’s biggest struggles defensively in week one came in pass coverage as H-LP racked up 254 yards and three scores through the air. CC-E’s air attack is considerably less threatening after a 4-of-5, 39-yard performance in week one. Meanwhile, the Mavs got dominated on the ground by N-K, allowing 323 rushing yards to 11 different ball carriers — none of which carried the rock more than five times.


CLAY CENTRAL-EVERLY

PASSING

Stevie Mowery — 2-3, 21 yards, 1 INT

Cadence Hofmeyer — 2-2, 18 yards

RUSHING

C. Hofmeyer — 14-30

Jayden Joenks — 13-22

RECEIVING

John Galm — 2-23

Cole Maaland — 1-12

TACKLES

C. Maaland — 7 tackles

J. Joenks — 3.5 tackles


NORTH IOWA

PASSING

Hunter Meinders — 4-10, 26 yards

Isaiah Walk — 1-4, 6 yards, 1 INT

RUSHING

I. Walk — 16-111, 1 TD

Tyler Murray — 10-14

RECEIVING

Eber Lopez — 1-18

T. Murray — 2-10

TACKLES

Logan Sabin — 11 tackles

I. Walk — 10 tackles

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