Football preview for Oct. 2
After celebrating a homecoming victory last week, Estherville Lincoln Central can’t overlook this Friday’s trip to Algona.
The Bulldogs, who finished as state runners-up in Class 2A a year ago, enter Week 6 with a 2-3 record, but are nearly as dangerous as last year.
“They still have a talented group of players,” said ELC coach Ryan Rezac. “Their quarterback is a good player and they have some size up front that we’ll need to overcome.”
Algona had a rough start to the 2020 season, losing its first three games to Humboldt (33-20), Emmetsburg (34-27), and Spirit Lake (40-17). Emmetsburg is currently ranked sixth in Class 1A. Spirit Lake, who beat ELC in overtime two weeks ago, led Algona 7-3 at halftime of their game before erupting for 33 second-half points.
Algona does have better rushing yards than ELC with 210 carries for 1010 yards and seven touchdowns while ELC has 624 rushing yards on 162 carries with eight touchdowns.
Quarterback Tyler Manske leads the Algona ground attack with 95 carries for 414 yards and four touchdowns. Lamorn Ulfers has 38 carries for 163 yards and Trevon Smith has 35 carries for 197 yards.
The Midgets have had more success through the air with quarterback Ryan Schiltz completing 65-of-120 passes for 16 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has thrown four touchdown passes each of the past two weeks.
Matt Christensen, a 6-4 senior, leads ELC’s receiving corps with 26 catches for 430 yards and six touchdowns. Daryl Jensen, who caught four touchdown passes last week against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, now has 13 catches for 228 yards and five touchdowns. Also, Kevin Egeland had eight catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns and Lamont Whiting has 11 catches for 110 yards with two touchdowns. Five other players have caught at least one pass.
Meanwhile, Algona’s Manske has completed 56-of-89 passes for 785 yards with 10 touchdowns to three interceptions. His top receiver is Noah Nelson with 18 catches for 275 yards and three touchdowns while Smith has 14 catches for 234 catches and six touchdowns. Two other players, Cameron Rindone and James Wartick, each have over 100 receiving yards also.
ELC’s defense has done a better job creating turnovers with 12 interceptions and three rumble recoveries. Algona’s defense has three fumble recoveries and just one interception.
Aaron Weiringa is the Bulldogs’ top tackler with 24.5 while Mike Goche has 24.
Zack Anderson leads ELC’s defense with 31 tackles while Garrett Paulson had 28 and Zavion mcMurran has 24.5. Murcmurran has six sacks while Brody Waddell has three.