It may be hard to believe, but there are only two games left in the regular season.
Some teams are already busy reading the IHSAA’s weekly RPI rankings to find out who they might play in the first round of the playoffs. Most of the teams are busy fighting to keep their season going.
Here are some notes and tidbits for each of the area teams as we enter week 8 competition.
Kuemper Catholic (2-5) @ No. 6 OA-BCIG (7-0)
Last week was the breakout game that Kuemper needed. Not only did the offense show its full potential, the defense was utterly dominating. Red Oak found very limited success through the air, completing 12 passes for 85 total yards.
Running the ball Red Oak finished the game with -5 rushing yards.
Obviously Red Oak is a much different team than OA-BCIG, but Kuemper Catholic head coach, Chad Klein, debuted a new offense.
The additional twist of having both Kyle Berg and Chad Martin Jr. in the backfield on formations gives the Falcons a whole new wrinkle to worry about. Plus, a defensive line that is almost completely healthy (as healthy as a team can be this late in the season). Friday’s game in Ida Grove could be an interesting one.
Carroll High (4-3) vs. Humboldt (1-6)
Since district play started in week five the Carroll Tigers defense has been feared. They’ve only allowed eight points per game. Against Webster City, probably one of the best district opponents, Carroll gave up just 245 yards of offense to the Lynx.
The next week against Boone, Carroll’s defense was even better allowing just 109 yards of total offense to the Toreadors.
Although Perry hasn’t reported official stats from last week, reports from the game have Perry gaining less than 100 total yards of offense.
This week Carroll will host a Humboldt team that is averaging 73 passing yards per game and 121 on the ground. That’s good news as Carroll has been strong against the run all year, especially in the last three games.
No. 5 South Central Calhoun (7-0) vs. Eagle Grove (0-7)
In their seven games this season Eagle Grove has allowed an average of 47 points to be scored on them per game.
South Central Calhoun, on the other hand, has scored an average of 38 points per game. Those two numbers could line up in a way that would allow SCC to have another game like they had against Ogden, when they won, 61-8.
One admirable thing about SCC is the athletes they have. Landon Schleisman leads the Titans in running. He also has the most tackles on his team.
In fact, six of the first seven tacklers for SCC this season, have played both sides of the ball often.
No. 7 Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1) @ No. 6 CAM (7-0)
After last week’s game, CR-B running back, Jeffrey Eagle now sits second in the state in terms of overall rushing. Eagle is now just 50 yards behind Earlham rusher Caleb Swalla in terms of the state lead.
Likely though, Coach Chris Mohr and the Crusaders aren’t worried about that for Friday’s game. Instead, they will be focused on how to stop a CAM offense that is averaging nearly 60 points per game.
The Cougars have their own tough rusher in Lane Spieker who has over 1,000 yards on the year with 17 rushing touchdowns. The defense of CAM is tough too with over 20 sacks on the season.
Glidden-Ralston (3-4) vs. No. 4 Audubon (7-1)
The big three of Glidden-Ralston, Nathan Brant, Grant Borkowski and Brigham Daniel continue to be the pillars of the Glidden-Ralston offense. Together those players have collected 22 offensive touchdowns and over 1,600 yards of combined offense.
The big three will have to show up in force this week as they host an Audubon team that is averaging nearly 50 points per game. One of the keys to stopping Audubon is slowing down do-everything back Skylar Schultes.
Ar-We-Va (2-6) vs Kingsley-Pierson (3-4)
A win over Siouxland Christian last week might just be the medicine that the Rockets needed as they head into the home stretch.
Although Kingsley-Pierson started the season with four straight losses, they have rebounded with three consecutive wins. That has come, in part, because of the passing attack of quarterback Keegan Bainbridge (417 yards, two touchdowns) and running backs Damon Schmid (430 yards, eight touchdowns) and Preston Pfaffle (410 yards, seven touchdowns).
IKM-Manning (4-3) @ Sioux Central (5-2)
This game will likely decide the district champion. Both teams are undefeated in district play.
The recent win streak by IKM-Manning has been jump started by ball control and the running backs named Rasmussen. Kyler Rasmussen leads the way with 610 yards and eight touchdowns this year. Amos Rasmussen has added 440 yards and five touchdowns.
Sioux Central is led by running back Jayden Harder who has rushed for 1,012 yards and nine scores.
East Sac County (2-5) vs. Missouri Valley (4-3)
The Raiders enter the final two games with a bit of familiarity in the air.
The reason is because the Raiders will be at home for their final two games. It starts this week with a match-up against the Big Reds of Missouri Valley.
It could be a fast game on Friday. Missouri Valley has only completed six passes all season. Then again, when they have a running back like Nick Haynes who has over 1,200 yards on the season with 12 touchdowns.
Responsible for stopping Haynes will be the Raider defense, led by Nick Gerdes, who has 70.5 tackles on the season.