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Midgets look to open up offense against Dutch

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

While the Estherville Lincoln Central football team has two wins under its belt, neither have come easily.

Fans may see the Midgets open things up a little more as they begin district play.

“We’re still looking to establish the run first, but we need to get our passing game going,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “We only have about 50 yards in two games.”

Of course with Jordan Eggers rushing for around 200 yards in each of those games, the Midgets haven’t needed to go to the air as much.

“We need to create a few more big plays,” he said.

ELC goes on the road for the second consecutive week to open district play to face MOC-Floyd Valley in Orange City.

The Dutchmen opened their season with a 27-0 loss to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, a playoff team that ELC defeated 35-7 in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley broke open a 7-0 halftime lead with three scores in the third quarter to put away from the Dutchmen.

A week ago, MOC-Floyd Valley eked out a 13-12 win over Sioux Center when the Warriors went for the two-point conversion and the victory, but had a bad snap.

The Dutchmen limited Sioux Center to 22 yards on 29 carries on the ground, but the Warriors had 117 yards through the air.

“Boyden-Hull is a really strong team and Sioux Center also has a good ball club,” said Shultz.

The Dutchmen return an experienced group with 16 letterwinners and seven starters on each side of the ball.

“They’re a veteran team and expect to have a better year than last year,” Shultz. said.

First-year MOC-Floyd Valley coach Tom Rupp said his team is about where he expected.

“We’re putting in new stuff and slowly adding to the offense,” he said. “Defensively, we’re paying strong and we made good improvement from week one to week two.”

Looking at ELC, Rupp see a team that runs the ball extremely well.

“We’ve haven’t seen anyone run quite like they have,” he said. “Offensively, we hope to get some consistency.”

Rupp said he noticed ELC’s first two opponents had a lot of three-and-outs.

“We just have to keep coming at them and attacking,” he said.

Rupp said he expected a few individuals on his team to stand out this season, but said the whole senior class has stepped up their play.

However, the keys to today’s game relies in the Dutch taking care of the football.

“The last two weeks we turned the ball over twice and a week ago, both were in our territory,” Rupp said.

Meanwhile Shultz said field position may prove key to the outcome.

“They have an outstanding punting and kicking game,” he said. “We also need more consistency in the offensive line. Last week, some of our kids did step up and found that even when they’re tired, they can get the job done.”