Week 5 Football Preview Midgets look to win battle of good 1-3 teams
Friday’s matchup between two 1-3 teams should prove interesting.
Neither Estherville Lincoln Central nor Sioux Center likely feels that they should be a 1-3 on this season, but both teams had tough early season opponents.
“Besides us, they’re probably one of the best 1-3 teams out there,” said ELC coach Andy Umthun of the Warriors. “Both teams will want to come out and show they’re better. I think we played a tougher schedule.”
Both teams lost to Central Lyon/George-Little Rock. The Midgets lost to the Lions 36-26 last week while Sioux Center lost to the Lions 34-14 in their district opener.
Sioux Center’s other loss was in the season opener to Le Mars, 24-10. Le Mars trounced Spirit Lake, ELC’s first week opponent, 40-12 in Week 3.
Umthun said Sioux Center features good size.
“I think we’re quicker,” the ELC coach said. “They have big size and use a ton of formations. They’re a run-first team.”
Sioux Center’s ground attack is led by Dalton Schreiner, who has 237 yards on 72 carries with two touchdowns. Quarterback Tyus Arends had 191 yards on 49 carries with one touchdown.
Through the air, Arends is 30-of-68 passing for 374 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Umthun said stopping the run will again be key this week.
With the return of Myles McDonald last week after a two-week absence, ELC now has three players with over 100 yards rushing yards this season. Robert Sheridan leads the way with 305 yards on 46 carries with six touchdowns. Quarterback Evan Olesen has 268 yards and two touchdowns on 49 carries. McDonald has 100 yards on 21 carries.
“We’ve been able to run the football, but we need to be more consistent,” said Umthun. “
Passing, Olesen is now 70-of-123 with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions-some of the interceptions have come while ELC has tried to rally from a deficit in the fourth quarter.
Olesen has used seven different receivers this season with three with over 100 yards. Trey Jacobson had 20 catches for 283 yards and two touchdowns, Bennett Loock has 183 yards and one touchdown on 15 catches and Jacob Bosch has 13 catches for 117 yards and one touchdown. Sheridan continues to lead the ELC defense with a team-high 50.5 tackles while Bosch has 29.5, Joe Hecht has 27 and Trevor Shryock has 26.
Coach Umthun reiterates what he’s said in previous weeks-that ELC has to eliminate the mental mistakes.
“Every game we’ve lost, I feel we’ve beat ourselves,” he said. He also was unhappy with the unsportsmanlike penalties his squad received last week.
“We want to clean that up,” he said.
The coach has been impressed with his team’s resiliency throughout the first four weeks.
“I give credit to the kids for the way they battle,” he said. “They never hang their heads and keep playing. They’re resilient and work hard. We’re close to being a good team.”