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ELC football preview

By Staff | Sep 9, 2020

Estherville Lincoln Central will look to go 3-0, as the Midgets travel to Milford on Friday to face the Okoboji Pioneers (1-1).

It’s first two games, Okoboji lost 28-0 to Sibley-Ocheyedan in Week 1 and defeated North Union 17-13 in Week 2.

“They’re a run-heavy team, so we’ll have to be ready,” said ELC coach Ryan Rezac. “We haven’t seen them in a while and they have a new head coach. He came from Webster city and his offense is non-conventional.”

The Pioneers have rushed the ball 83 times for 218 yards. Quarterback Dawson Goecke leads the team with 28 carries for 114 yards while Austin Simpson has 26 carries for 59 yards and Austin Harms had 24 carries for 35 yards.

Goecke is 4-of-8 passing for 61 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Rezac said he likes how his team has played the first two weeks.

“We just want to keep ourselves going in the right direction and get that first district win,” he said. “Our defense has played well all season and it’s a strength in what we’re tying to do. We keep track of the three-and-outs and our defensive feeds our offense.”

Junior Zack Anderson currently leads the defense with 13 tackles while Zavion McMurran has 10.5, and Daryl Jensen has 10.

Offensively, ELC is averaging 37 points through two games.

“Our offense is growing and evolving,” Rezac sad.” Our guys our playing a role on the offensive line and it’s been good to start the season.”

ELC’s offense has been balanced with 328 yards on the ground and 342 through the air. McMurran leads the rushing attack with 22 carries for 110 yards. Quarterback Ryan Schiltz has 65 yards on 24 carries and Lamont Whiting has eight carries for 70 yards.

Schiltz has done all the passing and is 25-of-45 with seven touchdowns to just one interception.

Seven receivers have caught at least one pass. Matt Christensen leads the receiving corps with eight catches for 129 yards while Whiting has six catches for 60 yards, Kevin Egeland has four catches for 91, and Jensen has four catches for 50 yards.