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GT/RA looks for second straight win

October 18, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

RUTHVEN - With the playoff teams decided in Class Eight-Man District 2, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire and Corwith-Wesley-Luverne will both be fighting to end their season with a victory as the teams meet in Ruthven tonight.

Except for a non-district win by the Panthers over Clay Central-Everly, CWL and GT/RA enter the game with similar resumes.

Both teams have beaten CAL, Latimer and Northeast Hamilton while losing to the remaining district teams.

"This should be a good matchup," said GT/RA coach Todd Hough, who wraps up his first season as head coach.

Hough said the Panthers have a good running back in Preston Jensen. Jensen has 1,182 yards on 198 carries with 15 touchdowns.

"We'll have to try to contain him," said Hough.

The Titans' coach said the Panthers are a team that "gets after it and plays hard."

"We'll need to play well and not make mistakes."

GT/RA is coming off a 64-14 win over Northeast Hamilton.

"The kids were excited and we hope that carries over for us," Hough said.

The Titans split their running duties with Carter Williamson who has 602 yards on 97 carries with 11 touchdowns. Blaze Alesch has 406 yards on 70 carries with five touchdowns.

Hough looks for the CWL defense to try to stop the Titans' ground attack.

"Against other teams, we've seen them put a bunch of guys up front and will try to keep us from running," he said.

If the Titans can get through the initial line, they could have a chance to bust open a few runs.



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