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Spirit Lake Indians host Cardinals for homecoming

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

FOREST CITY - While No. 2 Spirit Lake's defense shut down Forest City last week, the offense had its struggles with three fumbles inside the 10-yard line.

Look for the Indians to try to clean things up this week for homecoming as Garner-Hayfield/Ventura comes to town.

"Defensively (last week) we played well and tackled well," said Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt, whose Indians limited Forest City to under 50 yards of offense.

But knocking on the door three times and losing the ball doesn't make a coach happy.

"Give Forest City credit though-they hit well and tackled hard to force the fumbles," Bolluyt said.

The Indians still have plenty of offense though with Bolluyt's diversified offense.

Garner-Hayfield/Ventura definitely relies on the running game.

"They have three running backs and give to the tailback most often," said Bolluyt. "He's coming off a 382-yard performance."

Alex Van Gerpen racked up those yards in a 54-12 win over West Fork.

However Garner-Hayfield/Ventura is 1-2 on the season with an 18-14 loss to West Hancock and a 32-27 loss to Osage.

Bolluyt said his team will have to deal with the big line of the Cardinals.

"I think every guy is over 200 pounds in the line," he said. "But they haven't tried to pass much."

Quarterback Spencer Shaw is 8-of-21 on the season for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

The Indians rushing attack is led by Cody Poock, who has 261 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries. Bryson McCabe has 130 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

Paul Brown is 17-of-32 passing for 255 yards and five touchdowns.



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