SPIRIT LAKE - 2011 Class 2A State Runner-up Spirit Lake looked impressive in its opener against Okoboji-however so did the Indians' next opponent, Storm Lake.
Spirit Lake racked up 391 yards on the ground and 111 through the air in dismantling Okoboji 56-14 last week.
Storm Lake rushed for 235 yards and passed for 147 in a 41-14 victory over Cherokee.
The difference was in how they did it.
Spirit Lake used 17 different ball carriers.
"Our first and second teams executed well," said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt. "It was a good first game.
The bulk of Storm Lake's ground yardage came from senior Aaron Krier, who had 193 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns.
"They have an explosive offense. They have a fast running back that can break tackles and cuts back well," said Bolluyt. "They also have a quarterback that moves well in the pocket. That will make us have to be more disciplined on defense."
The Indians' offense also will likely face a tougher test.
"Their defense is big up front with a couple of big guys on the interior," Bolluyt said. "It will be a test for our offensive line."
Even after a relatively easy victory over Okoboji, the coach still sees room for improvement.
"We had some penalties that we need to cleanup and we also had a couple fumbles in the second half," Bolluyt said.
The coach clarified that while an aggressive penalty can be fine, the mental mistakes are the ones he's most concerned about.