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Huskies must defend new No. 9 ranking

Warriors at home, while Sigourney-Keota, Columbus, Mid-Prairie all travel
Sep 13, 2018

By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports


The last week of  non-district football games for high schools’ 11-man teams is Friday while WACO’s 8-man team plays its fourth week of district play.

Highland (3-0) must travel to Lisbon (0-3) and defend its newly acquired No. 9 (Class A) ranking.

Meanwhile, Columbus (0-3) and Mid-Prairie (0-3) hit the road in search of a first win.

Sigourney-Keota (2-1) plays at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (2-1).

WACO (2-2) lost at No. 2 New London last week, but hosts 1-3 Montezuma, which got its first win last week when Winfield-Mount Union visited.

The Montezuma Braves have 131 rushes and 116 pass attempts this season as a team.

Trey Shearer has completed 50 passes for 878 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Shearer also has 55 rushes for 258 of the 519 total ground yardage.

WACO’s Colton Horak leads all 8-player individuals in total offense. He is fourth in the state  in receiving yards.

The Cobras’ road game at EBF will see the Rockets wanting to rebound from their first loss, 22-7 at Chariton.

Trey Moore is 29 of 64 for 467 yards passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He is responsible for 37 of the team’s 56 rushes and has 103 of the Rockets’ 172 totals yards rushing.

One team is bound to get its first win when Columbus faces North Cedar, also 0-3, at Stanwood.

The Knights have scored at least three touchdowns in every game. Ethan Sahr is 28 of 59 for 433 yards with four interceptions and three touchdowns. Logan Thimmes has gained 256 yards on 43 carries while Brody Hawtrey has 160 yards on 54 rushes.

Mid-Prairie travels to Iowa City Liberty (1-2), a program in its first season of varsity football.

There are just two seniors on the Lightning, both lineman

Jack Ankenbauer leads the team with 229 yards on 67 carries. Kaleb Williams has 161 yards on 24 attempts and Max Tafolla has 153 yards on 35 totes. Drake Woody is 19 of 36 passing for 273 yards with three interceptions and a touchdown. He has 15 carries for 107 yards.

The Huskies hope to keep Lisbon winless and prepare for some tough games when district play starts next week.

While Highland is ranked ninth, fellow district team Pekin is 10th. Highland is at Pekin Sept. 28.

Another team in Highland’s district, BGM, got enough votes to place it 12th in the Class A rankings. Highland hosts the Bears Sept. 21.

Belle Plaine also received votes. The Plainsmen travel to Highland for the last game of the year.

“We have a strong district that is really going to test us,” Highland head coach Scott Morel said.

Lisbon’s last loss was at Belle Plaine 46-0. The Lions lost their first game of the year to BGM by the score of 35-24.

Lisbon is an option team.

Hagen Waters has completed just 9 of 32 passes for 103 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. He has rushed 45 times for 191 yards. Jamien Moore has eight carries for 66 yards. Ryne Mohrfeld has 23 carries for 46 yards and Max Kohl 11 for 27.

“We have to be disciplined on defense and stay in our lanes,” Morel said. “We have to stay focused on our approach to each game. We can’t get complacent. We really preach that.”

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