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Expect Mustangs to run at Wolves

By Staff | Oct 2, 2009

ARMSTRONG – It’s no secret that Armstrong-Ringsted’s strength is its running game.

The Mustangs have amassed 1,373 yards and 30 on the ground this season with Tyler Tonderum handling the bulk of the work.

The senior currently holds the state record for career rushing yards in 8-Man football and continues to add to the total each week.

Entering tonight’s game with Harris-Lake Park, he has 782 yards and 20 touchdowns on 62 carries.

Prior to last week’s 30-28 loss to North Sentral Kossuth, the Mustangs also mixed in the pass effectively.

But two drives in an attempt to take the lead ended in interceptions-the last in the endzone after A-R had driven the length of the field.

Look for the Mustangs to get back on track as they travel to Lake Park tonight.

Harris-Lake Park (1-4, 0-3) has just one win this season, a 60-0 non-distrive over Spalding Catholic in Week 2.

The Wolves have struggled in district play losing 60-34 to Twin River Valley, 51-8 to Graettinger/Terril and 58-20 to Laurens-Marathon.

“They’re down a little bit this season with a lot of young players,” said A-R coach Robert Zotz. “They throw a lot though and we’re looking forward to going up against a passing team. They’ll challenge us through the air.

H-LP’s offense is split nearly right down the middle between rushing and passing. The Wolves had 584 yards on the ground and 574 through the air.

Mychal Sheridan is the team’s leading rusher with 269 yards on 52 carries. He has five touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Brady Nissen has completed 49 of 92 passes for 474 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Two weeks ago, Graettinger/Terril held H-LP to under 100 yards of offense.

For the Mustangs expect business as usual.

“We refocus and forget the past and try to fine tune the things we didn’t do well last week,” said Zotz. “We’re still a good team that just had a bad night.”