After two non-district losses to start the season, Estherville Lincoln Central will look to get on track as district play starts tonight against East Sac County.
The Wolverines opened the season with a 34-0 loss to Prairie Valley and lost week lost 28-12 to Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer.
Despite the losses, East Sac County coach Eric McCullough said his kids attitudes have been great.
"We have a lot of young guys on the field and just one returning starter on each side of the ball," he said. "But the kids have really grown the last couple weeks and are getting better."
On the other side, the Wolverines are lacking depth.
"We have only seven seniors and 9-10 juniors," he said. "Sometimes we have five or six sophomores on the field."
McCullough said the offense improved in week two, but there were still mistakes defensively.
Cody Welling leads east Sac County's rushing attack with 72 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Chris Villhauer had 30 carries for 60 yards.
Quarterback Ty Jacobsen has completed 23-of-44 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.
Concerning ELC, McCullough said eyes will be on Andres Blanco. Blanco leads ELC with 213 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns.
"He's extremely fast and we need to know where he is," said McCullough. "ELC also seems big which is a concern because our biggest guy is only about 220."
ELC coach Chuck Fandel said the Wolverines looked like they gave Pocahontas a good game.
"They run what I call a Wing T, so we'll have to defend the seep and the bootleg pass," said Fandel, adding that Algona hurt the Midgets with the bootleg pass. "It's something we have to do a better job of shutting down."
Fandel said he was impressed with the Wolverines' wide receiver and said their backs run hard.
"They'll spread us out too," he said.
After last week's disappointing loss, the talk has been about what to do to get better.
"Everyone has to step up their game for us to be competitive," said Fandel. "Our offensive line, our backs, our quarter back and our receivers. Everyone needs to set goals to improve this week."
Fandel said Algona beat ELC offensively, defensively and on special teams.
"I normally say you need to win two out of three of those and Algona beat us in all three," he said.
Fandel said the passing game worked once in a while including the connection between quarterback Evan Hansen and Matt Burrell on a play-action pass.
"But we weren't consistent," said Fandel. "We could run to the left or the right, but not consistently."
Fandel said he knows both teams are hungry for a win tonight.
"It comes down to who can execute," he said.