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Warriors head to Hull tonight

September 13, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG - After taking on No. 9 Emmetsburg a week ago, most teams North Union plays should seem like an easier contest.

The Warriors will find out though as they take a long road trip to Hull to play Western Christian tonight.

While the Wolfpack enters the game 0-3, those first three opponents can't be taken lightly. Western Christian opened the season losing to Class 2A top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 48-12. They then lost 22-6 to Central Lyon/George-Little Rock who is receiving votes in the Class 2A poll.

Last week, Western Christian lost 24-3 to MOC-Floyd Valley. Tonight is the Wolfpack's first district game.

North Union co-coach Troy Adams said offensively, the Wolfpack will try to spread his defense out.

"They usually run just a single back set," Adams said. "They usually have two guys split out and often four. They're about 50-50 on the run and pass."

The Warriors will see if they can get some turnovers.

Quarterback Daniel VanMaanen leads the Wolfpack having completed 29-of-61 passes for 290 yards with two touchdowns to six interceptions.

Drew Van Sloten is the team's leading rusher with 123 yards on 10 carries and the lone rushing touchdown.

Adams said the Warriors didn't play as well as they could against Emmetsburg a week ago.

"We acted like we didn't want to hit anybody," he said. "We had one series when we stuffed them on three runs and on fourth-and-5, they break it for a 24-yard touchdown."

But North Union has looked better in practice.

"We'll see how they rebound from the loss," Adams said.

Adams said the Wolfpack appears to have more size than the Warriors.

"We're a little undersized up front, but we'll continue working on what we were last week-a pro set where we mix up the run and the pass."



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