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Titans go on the road to face No. 1 Mustangs

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

GRAETTINGER - Coming off a big homecoming victory, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire should be ready for anything.

Tonight 'anything' is the top-rated team in Class 8-Man-Newell-Fonda.

The Mustangs (5-0) opened the season with a 59-6 win over St. Mary's of Remsen, then beat Kingsley-Pierson 69-16, North Iowa 34-20, Northeast Hamilton 56-0 and last week, Laurens-Marathon 35-14.

Titans' coach Todd Hough knows the game won't be easy.

"If we can limit our mistakes and move the ball more, we could hang around and give ourselves a chance," he said.

Prior to last week's 59-14 win over CAL, Latimer, GT/RA hadn't done that.

Hough saw the film of Newell-Fonda's game with North Iowa.

"North Iowa got down and then came back a little bit," said Hough.

The Titans' coach said the Mustangs have two brothers-Jonathan Johnson and Rigo Johnson.

"One lead blocks for the other," Hough said. "Their quarterback sometimes will keep the ball. Another kid, Brady Bohe, also comes in."

Jonathan Johnson leads Newell-Fonda's attack with 84 yards and 14 touchdowns on 76 carries.

Quarterback Zak Sievers has 220 yards and three touchdowns on 47 carries. Bohe has199 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Rigo Johnson has 187 yards and six touchdowns on 23 carries.

The Mustangs don't pass a lot, but are effective. Sievers has completed 22-of-40 passes for 363 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

"They're a physical club," said Hough. "They play hard, but aren't an overly-sized team."



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