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A-R starts district play against WB-M

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

There’s no question about the effectiveness of Class 8-Man No. 2 Armstrong-Ringsted’s offense.

The Mustangs first two games have followed a similar pattern of putting up big numbers in the first half and then watching the continuous clock make the second half come to a quick conclusion.

A-R scored 34 points in the first half of the season opener against Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka and followed that with a 48-point first-half performance against Corwith-Wesley-Luverne.

A-R coach Robert Zotz attributes part of the success to the defense.

“When our defense steps up it gives our offense more opportunities,” he said.

Today, the Mustangs face an opponent they haven’t seen since they went to the 8-player game-West Bend-Mallard, a team that dropped down from 11-man this year.

“They’re still learning now, but I see them as a team that will get better each week,” said Zotz. “They run a good option with their quarterback (Darin Banwart).”

Banwart led the Wolverines to their first 8-player victory, a 50-28 victory over Northeast Hamilton-a team that won the state 8-player title two years ago.

Banwart scored four times for West Bend-Mallard and rushed for 117 yards while teammate Matt Ruppert had 181 yards on 41 carries.

“Defensively we have to play the football and take care of the option,” said Zotz. “Offensively, we just need to continue to do what we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks.”