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ELC Football Preview Final gridiron tilt

October 17, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

Estherville Lincoln Central will have a chance to end the season on a positive note, as Clarion-Goldfield/Dows comes to town this Friday.

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Both teams are looking to cap the season well with an identical 2-6 overall record and 0-4 in district play.

Class 2A District 2 hasn't been kind to either ELC or CGD, but then it's a tough district. Three teams enter the final week of the regular season ranked in the Class 2A poll-Algona (3rd), Southeast Valley (7th) and Spirit Lake (8th).

The comparisons continue, as the Cowboys have their own 1,000-yard rusher. Quarterback Jaace Weidemann has 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns on 163 carries

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District score comparisons

SE Valley 36, CGD 13SE Valley 28, ELC 6

Algona 65, CGD 22Algona 49, ELC 22

Spirit Lake 59 CGD 0Spirit Lake 42, ELC 0

Garner-H-V36, CGD 0GHV 40, ELC 21

ELC's Briar Rowley surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last week and has 1,078 yards and nine touchdowns on 209 carries.

In comparing stats against just district foes, Rowley has had more success this season with 435 yards and four scores on 92 carries. Weidemann has 362 yards and three scores on 70 carries.

However the similarities end there.

"They're more of an option team and run more tight formations," said ELC coach Ryan Rezac of the Cowboys. "So we need to take care of a responsibilities on the option. Fortunately, we've faced other teams that ran the option, so we have prepared for it before."

Also, the Cowboys haven't passed as much as the Midgets.

Weidemann is 16-of-51 for 282 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. Three other players have combined to go 7-of-12 passing for 106 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

ELC's Alec Heifner is 73-of-147 passing for 867 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

"Offensively we'll continue with our game plan, but we need to finish our drives," said Rezac "Last week we got in the red zone a couple times and couldn't finish."

Defensively, Kain Nelson leads Clarion-Goldfield-Dows with 28.5 tackles. The Cowboys have caused just seven turnovers this season-four interceptions and three fumbles. ELC has forced 12 turnovers-four interceptions and eight fumbles.

Keegan Brown leads ELC's defense with 60.5 tackles while Brian Egeland had 47, Briar Rowley has 35 and Morgan Dostal has 35. Dostal leads the team in solo sacks with six while Egeland and Blake Miller each had five.

The Cowboys have no solo sacks listed on quikstats, but four players have one sack assist.

Rezac is wrapping up his first season as head coach of the Midgets.

"Our coaching staff has grown a lot and we've learned new things about personnel and philosophy," said Rezac. "We'll evaluate at the end of the season and look what we can clean up next year."

One of the positives from the season has been practice.

"Our practices have gone well," he said. "We run an up-tempo practice. Our coaches may want to change a few little things."



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