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North Union preps for first homecoming

September 27, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG - It's homecoming week at North Union High School and nothing would be better than a victory.

The Warriors opened the season with a 20-13 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central but little has gone right since.

Last week, Gehlen Catholic of LeMars abused North Union with an aerial attack on the way to a 37-7 victory for the Jays. Gehlen quarterback Blake Wiltgen was 20-of-32 passing for 253 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

"Their quarterback was slick with the ball," said North Union co-coach Tommy Elliott.

Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer should be a better matchup for the Warriors.

"Pocahontas doesn't through a lot-it's not their first option," said Elliott.

The Indians enter the game with a 3-2 record coming off a 36-18 victory over Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. Other wins include a 21-8 win over Alta-Aurelia and a 28-12 win over East Sac County. Pocahontas lost 14-13 to Sioux Central and 48-0 to St. Edmond of Fort Dodge.

Draven Barth leads the ground attack with 525 yards on 93 carries with four touchdowns. Jay Brinkman has 87 carries for 399 yards and four touchdowns.

Quarterback Aaron Youngberg is 30-of-55 passing for 356 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"They're a solid football team," said Elliott of the Indians. "They'll run it straight toward you with three backs in the backfield. Sometimes they spread out, but not often."

Defensively, Elliott said Pocahontas is like the offense in its 'hard-nosed play.

"They're good tacklers," he said. "That don't have a lot of size, but they move to the ball well and they don't shy away from anyone."

Meanwhile the Warriors' attitudes are up for homecoming.

However Elliott said some players have been sick this week and others are banged up.

Senior Ty Anderson hurt his hand enough that it needed a cast. While he'll still play defense, his time on offense may be limited.

Overall, Elliott looks for the Warriors to start putting some drives together.

"We also need to keep our turnovers down so we can keep in the game," he said. "It's homecoming week, so we shouldn't need any more motivation than that."



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