Gridiron Glance - October 12
GAME OF THE WEEK: SIOUX CENTRAL (6-1) at IKM-MANNING (5-2)
Last year in week eight, Sioux Central had the luxury of taking on Fort Dodge St. Edmond to clinch a playoff spot. They did so in commanding fashion, winning 50-6. Week eight is a different story, albeit with a playoff spot likely still on the line, as the Rebels hit the road to take on district frontrunner IKM-Manning. Sioux Central and Manning last met in 2013 when Devin Tripp and Nate Leer were the thunder and lightning backfield tandem like Ben Hargens and Blake Cavanaugh this season. Tripp and Leer combined for 328 rushing yards, and Tripp scored all 20 points in a 20-14 victory over the Wolves.
Despite a 36-14 final score, the Rebels were not overwhelmingly impressive against a winless Manson Northwest Webster squad. Sioux Central trailed 14-12 at halftime, so the second half adjustments went well, but Manning will not provide the Rebels with the luxury of playing mediocre football for two quarters. Meanwhile, the Wolves made a trip to Aurelia in week seven, gifting Alta-Aurelia with seven points in the first quarter with a fumble on their own 3-yard line, before going on to win in overtime 20-19. After Manning scored seven points on the opening possession of OT, A-A went for the kill shot after its overtime touchdown and went for two but got stuck at the 1-yard line, ending the game at 20-19.
Sioux Central has benefitted greatly from a fairly easy district slate so far having faced the bottom three teams in the division which have a collective record of 3-18. Despite that mark, the Rebels are still eighth in the Class A RPI rankings. Manning is in 16th but is also 3-0 in district play with a huge win against Alta-Aurelia. Closing the season with road trips to Manning and Aurelia will be difficult for Sioux Central, but it also means the Rebels are in full control of their destiny. Two wins equals an automatic playoff berth. One win means coach Brandon Goodchild and company are crossing their fingers at the end of the season, waiting for the RPI rankings to determine whether or not they’re playoff worthy. Two losses almost guarantees sitting at home for week 10. If the Rebels play like they did in week seven, they will not beat the Wolves. Both teams bring truckloads of physicality to the game, so whoever wins the war up front will take control of the night and the district.
Jake Hanson — 20-39, 285 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Ben Hargens — 133-650, 11 TD
Blake Cavanaugh — 85-545, 6 TD
J. Hanson — 67-324, 4 TD
Prestan Samson — 12-184, 2 TD
Caden Webber — 5-82, 1 TD
P. Samson — 89 tackles, 4 for loss, 1.5 sacks
Jacob Saunders — 21.5 tackles
Kyler Rasmussen — 30-65, 325, 2 TD, 3 INT
Stephen Grimm — 135-748, 9 TD
Keaton Allmon — 45-244, 2 TD
Amos Rasmussen — 34-206, 4 TD
S. Grimm — 4-86, 1 TD
Nathan Blankman — 11-74
S. Grimm — 51.5 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 3 sacks
Colten Brandt — 43.5 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 1 sack
HARRIS-LAKE PARK (2-5) at CLAY CENTRAL-EVERLY (0-7)
Harris-Lake Park entered last year’s game with the Mavs ranked seventh in eight man. Clay Central-Everly did little to bring that ranking into question, falling 47-0 after trailing 35-0 at the break. The Wolves compiled 320 yards of offense, including 159 through the air with a completion percentage of 79 percent. CC-E totaled 36 yards of offense, including 12 through the air with a completion percentage just shy of 12 percent.
The Mavericks endured their 21st straight defeat as a program, taking a 58-12 game on the chin from now No. 1-ranked Ar-We-Va without the services of leading rusher Cadence Hofmeyer due to injury. CC-E’s offense put up the second most points it has all season but also finished with just 73 yards. H-LP, which graduated essentially all of the key contributors from last year’s ranked squad, suffered a fourth straight loss in the form of a 52-8 beatdown from Newell-Fonda.
Both teams are mostly comprised of underclassmen, and both squads have had forgettable 2018 campaigns. However, the Wolves’ two wins came against North Iowa and River Valley by scores of 34-12 and 44-6. CC-E fell to those teams 34-0 and 65-0 respectively and that was with a healthy Hofmeyer. Statistically speaking, its nearly impossible for things to go downhill as fast as they did in the River Valley matchup. CC-E should be satisfied if the game is still within reach in the second half.
Stevie Mowery — 9-24, 125 yards, 0 TD, 4 INT
Cadence Hofmeyer — 71-227, 2 TD
Jayden Joenks — 52-111, 1 TD
John Galm — 14-154, 1 TD
Cole Maaland — 3-46
C. Hofmeyer — 44 tackles, 1 for loss
C. Maaland — 33 tackles
Brody Sohn — 74-138, 961 yards, 13 TD, 7 INT
Lucas Gunderson — 64-235, 2 TD
Tate Gilmore — 11-37
Isaac Ihnen — 35-488, 8 TD
L. Gunderson — 22-212, 1 TD
L. Gunderson — 70 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 3 sacks
Edgar Tapia — 42.5 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack
SPENCER (5-2) at LE MARS (3-4)
Spencer entered a week seven home game against Le Mars as a heavy favorite, considering the ‘Dogs came in with just one win on the season and didn’t even score a point the prior two weeks. Of course that meant Le Mars would stay in it until the end as they always do when playing Spencer, forcing the Tigers to hold on for a 21-14 victory after leading 21-0 late in the second quarter.
The Tigers took their shot at the reigning district champion and current frontrunner Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Stopping Warrior tailback Britton Delperdang turns out to be a near impossible task, but Spencer stayed in the game the whole way, falling 24-20 despite Delperdang accounting for 241 yards of offense by himself. Le Mars had the pleasure of hosting Bishop Heelan in week seven, gaining 204 yards of offense and turning it over four times.
The Bulldogs are remarkably reliant on the pass. They’ve thrown for the fifth most yards (1,505) in 3A and have run for the third least (462). All that passing has had its drawbacks, including nine picks to just 14 passing touchdowns. Storm Lake was able to come back from a 12-0 halftime deficit to the ‘Dogs by simply ramping up the physicality in the second half. Le Mars has troubles stopping the pass rush, and the run game isn’t threatening enough to keep defenders from pinning back their ears. Spencer’s line play should be able to dominate the matchup. However, the Tigers can’t get caught looking ahead to week nine’s home game against Heelan. Le Mars never seems to go quietly no matter how lopsided the matchup is on paper.
Gage Garnatz — 20-47, 471 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT
Isaiah Spencer — 179-970, 12 TD
G. Garnatz — 62-315, 3 TD
Michael Storey — 14-258, 4 TD
Karter Petzenhauser — 4-173, 2 TD
Chase Hough — 54 tackles, 11 for loss, .5 sack
Isaac Pingel — 44 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1 sack.
Tate Westhoff — 92-181, 1,476 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT
Josh Williams — 53-219, 3 TD
Jakob Bixenamn — 22-197, 5 TD
Aisea Toki — 37-625, 3 TD
Ben Wadle — 21-348, 5 TD
Anthony Lamoureux — 11-278, 3 TD
Austin Wurth — 38 tackles, 7 for loss, 3 sacks
Riley Oetken — 30 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack