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Midgets travel to take on Titans tonight

September 20, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Some nights you have to take what the defense gives you.

Last week Estherville Lincoln Central's ground game suffered against Clarion-Goldfield as the Midgets were limited to 52 rushing yards.

"If we have to throw we'll put it up, but I'd like a lot more mixture," said ELC coach Chuck Fandel "We had to try to get something going and didn't seem able to establish the ground game."

Matt Burrell came up with a four catches for 47 yards while Andres Blanco coming up with a big 71-yard reception. Corey Reeves also had a catch for 54 yards that set up an ELC touchdown late in the game.

"Our line gave some excellent protection and with that then Evan can hit his spots," said Fandel.

But the Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage and ran 50 more plays than ELC, 83-33.

This week ELC is on the road against South Central Calhoun.

The Titans, a playoff team the past few years, are off to a 2-2 start officially, but in their minds are 1-3.

South Central Calhoun opened the season with a 13-0 win over Manson-Northwest Webster and then were thumped by Humboldt 45-6 in week 2. However, Humboldt played an ineligible player and state officials ruled the game a forfeit in favor of the Titans.

Two weeks ago, South Central Calhoun lost the district opener 17-14 to Clarion-Goldfield. Last week, Kuemper Catholic won 46-12 in an on-district matchup.

Titans' coach Bryan Case says his team's attitude is good though.

"Tuesday we probably had the best practice this season," he said. "We played faster and at a good tempo. I don't know what team will show up on Friday."

Gehlen uses two quarterbacks, Jake Petzenhauser and Nathan Christensen. Petzenhauser is 19-of-30 passing for 219 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Chrisetnsen is 17-of-39 for 164 yards with four interceptions.

Brett snyder is the top ball carrier with 149 yards on 24 attempts. Kyler Case has 118 yards on 37 carries while Christensen has 97 yards on 15 carries and Tanner Toms had 81 yards on 24 carries.

When not playing quarterback, Christensen and Petzenhauser both move to receiver. Each has six catches this season with Christensen going for 89 yards and two touchdowns while Petzenhauser has 64 yards receiving. Andrew Van Hulzen also has five catches for 94 yards.

Of ELC, Case said both running backs are fast and shifty and quarterback Evan Hansen throws a good ball. He also noted the play of receiver Matt Burrell.

"Up front they get off the ball well," Case said. "Defensively, they mostly run a 4-4 and stunt the linebackers. We'll have our hands full."

Fandel echoed that last comment of the Titans.

"They held Clarion-Goldfield to 17 points, so defensively I'm impressed in that area," said Fandel. "They have big physical tackles. They'll be a good challenge for us."

Offensively, Fandel said the Titans try to isolate the defensive backs with two wide outs, but they'll also bring it in with a "full house T" to try to run the ball.

"They have a good quarterback and running backs and are very athletic," the ELC coach said.



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