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ELC Football Preview Midgets prep for Orab attack

Sheldon brings balanced game to Estherville Friday

September 12, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central will see if it can turn its fortunes around this year, as Sheldon comes to town Friday.

A year ago, the Midgets traveled to Sheldon and the Orabs won 47-13.

While the Orabs graduated 16 seniors from a squad that went 7-2 a year ago, Sheldon and ELC both enter Friday's game with identical 2-1 records.

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The Orabs rolled over Sibley-Ocheyedan in the season opener 39-6 with senior quarterback Brennan Radke going 18-of-26 passing for 290 yards with two touchdowns an two interceptions. The Orabs also rushed for 164 yards led by Jeremy Wollmuth's 106 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries.

In Sheldon's Game 2 27-14 victory over South O'Brien, Radke finished 22-of-33 passing for 348 yards and two scores. The Orabs' ground attack was limited to 81 yards with Wollmuth leading the way with 36 yards on 19 carries.

In Week 3, LeMars rolled up over 400 yards of offense in handing Sheldon its first loss 45-20.

Wollmuth had his best night for the Orabs on the ground with 148 yards on 25 carries including touchdown runs of 8 and 57 yards.

ELC coach Ryan Rezac know his team will face a challenge, as the Orabs also look to rebound from their loss.

"They're a vary balanced team with almost 50/50 in the run past," he said. "We need to make sure we're ready to go."

Complete Sheldon stats were available for just the first two games on quikstatsiowa.com and Radke had 678 combined passing yards in the first two games. Adding the 148 yards from Wollmuth's total against LeMars, the 5-10, 180-pound senior now has 290 yards on the ground this season.

Radke's main target in the first two contests was Tyler Lode, who had 19 catches for 380 yards.

Meanwhile, ELC will look to bounce back from its 14-0 loss to Unity Christian.

"We're just looking to get better this week," said Rezac.

The coach has touted assignment football all season, and this week will be no different as the coaching staff works to make sure the players know their assignments on both offense and defense.

Quarterback Alec Heifner now has thrown for 418 yards this season, completing 29-of-49 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Briar Rowley continues to be the lead ball carrier with 440 yards and three touchdowns on 87 carries.

Keegan Brown leads the ELC defense with 22 tackles this year while Brian Egeland has 21 with 10 solo tackles for a loss including four sacks.

 
 
 

 

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