Midgets take long road trip
The 2008 season isn’t going quite as Estherville Lincoln Central might have hoped thus far. After three straight losses, the Midgets still are looking for their first district victory.
But there’s always one more Friday night to show what the Midgets can do.
This week the Midgets take their longest road trip of the year to play Sergeant Bluff-Luton for the first time ever.
The Warriors are 3-2 overall and 1-2 in district play, coming off an overtime loss to Denison-Schleswig.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton opened the season with three straight wins. The Warriors defeated South Sioux City 26-0 and Western Christian 34-24 in non-district play. They then beat Storm Lake 20-7 to start district play.
Two weeks ago, MOC-Floyd Valley beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton 30-13.
“They’re a much improved team from last year and they’re playing good football,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “They have a nice tailback that runs well, but they also will spread it out. They throw efficiently.”
The Warriors last made the playoffs in 2003, but struggled some the last couple of years in Class 3A.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton coach Chris Zyzda said he’s getting a great effort out of his team and has good leadership.
“But we’re playing with too many mistakes and turnovers,” he said. “We have to correct that.”
Looking at ELC, Zyzda said he sees a very physical team.
“They have good size, a good back and athletic receivers,” he said. “I’m sure they’re disappointed in their record, but this district is stout.”
Zyzda said the goal defensively-against ELC or anyone-is to stop the run and the big plays.
Coach Shultz said the Warriors do that by putting several players close to the scrimmage line.
“They’re very aggressive. They have a five front and keep close to the line-which is not the best for us,” he said.
Shultz said MOC-Floyd Valley beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton using the long pass.
“So we’ll need to spread it out-which is not a strength for us, but something we need to do,” he said.
Field position also will play a key role in this game.
While ELC has seen very good kickers and punters the last two weeks against Bishop Heelan, Shultz said the Warriors’ kicking game is similar to the Midgets.
“Field position and turnovers will be big,” said Shultz. “For us to win, we have to play mistake-free.”