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Time to snap the streak

Kuemper squares off with winless Red Oak

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It’s been no secret that the Knights have had a recent stretch of bad luck.

After five consecutive weeks of ending up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, the Knights will try to reverse everything that has happened with a home contest against Red Oak.

The Tigers have gone winless this season. Overall, they have scored just six offensive touchdowns on the year.

Three different quarterbacks for Red Oak have seen time throwing the ball. The most consistent one has been Jake Echternach who has 23 completions for a total of 154 yards. He’s thrown three interceptions. Jacob Athen, another Tiger QB, has hit eight of his 20 passes for 86 yards. He’s also thrown the only Red Oak touchdown of the season. He also has three interceptions.

Branden Woods has hit two of his six passes for 28 yards.

Leading the rushing attack for Red Oak is Carter Maynes. In 51 carries he has accounted for 157 yards and one score.

Justin McCunn has added 153 yards off 37 carries.

Echternach has rushed the ball 30 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Athen has 86 yards on 24 carries and two scores.

Red Oak is a team that seems to be trying to find its identity on offense. Both the run and the pass game has been met with limited success.

McCunn leads the Tigers in receiving with 140 yards and a touchdown. Maynes has caught nine passes for 44 yards.

That shows that the Tigers work a lot out of their backfield when they have the ball.

Kuemper could try and exploit that with their defensive line pressure.

So far the Knights have been able to account for eight solo sacks on the season. Leading the charge is senior Blaise Gunnerson.

The Knights do work quite a bit in the back field defensively. Gunnerson has six solo tackles for a loss. Riley Healy has two solo sacks and Cal Wanninger has added another solo sack. Four different Knight players have at least one assisted tackle for a loss.

In order to snap the five game skid the Knights have entered they will need to get the running game of Kyle Berg and Chad Martin working. Cole Collison will also have to find room in both the running and passing game.

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