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No. 8 Mustangs host No. 5 Chargers

By Staff | Oct 17, 2008

ARMSTRONG – While Armstrong-Ringsted has been rated in the top 10 in the 8-man football poll all season, the Mustangs have yet to beat a ranked opponent.

In the lone matchup with a top 10 team, A-R came up short to North Sentral Kossuth, now ranked second in the Associated Press poll.

A-R, No. 8 in the AP poll, will have its second test tonight against No. 5 Laurens-Marathon.

The Chargers have only given up more than two touchdowns once this season, a 52-40 win over West Bend-Mallard. Their lowest point total was 36 in the season opener against Spalding Catholic.

Laurens-Marathon is one of seven undefeated teams in 8-man football. The district title is on the line this week and next week as the Chargers end the season against also unbeaten North Sentral Kossuth.

But first the Chargers must get past Armstrong-Ringsted.

With the expanded playoffs this season both teams are already assured a postseason berth.

“It’s a nice feeling knowing we finished in the top four,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “The last two weeks determines how we’ll finish and how tough the road is to state. We also don’t want to go into the playoffs flat.”

The Chargers are one of three teams that dropped into the 8-man ranks this season and their current senior class is large.

“They have a lot of depth so their kids are fresh,” said Zotz. “They have speed and talent and run and pass well. We’ll need a good game to beat them.”

Following last year’s playoff run, the Mustangs are no strangers to playing the best teams.

“We’ve played tough teams and beat tough teams, but we haven’t beat any ranked team this year,” Zotz said. “We have to prove to ourselves that we deserve the ranking by winning one of those games.

“I think we have the team that can beat them, but we’re going to have to come to play on that night.”