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Week #5 Friday Night Lights Press Box Notes

With it being game day, it is appropriate to provide some information on a few other key Siouxland games and teams performing well as we hit the halfway point on the schedule tonight for most teams. There are some really good stories that are deserving of recognition!

ELK-POINT JEFFERSON: Head coach Jake Terry's squad continues to play good football. Currently sitting at (4-1) the Huskies are preparing to host Baltic (1-3) on homecoming this evening. The Huskies are coming off a 34-7 victory over Beresford to extend their win streak to two games. Junior RB Ben Swatek 5-11 (180) rushed for (96) yards and scored (2) touchdowns in last week's win. Junior QB Noah McDermott has performed well all season running the Huskie offense. Sophomore WR Garrett Merkley continues to be a top target of McDermott's in the passing game. The Huskie defense held Beresford to (134) total yards and is allowing only (15.5) points per game. Keep an eye on this team, they are young and getting better by the week!

WESTWOOD REBELS: The Rebels of head coach Cass Burkhart are quietly putting together a very nice season as they are sitting at (2-2) and will host (1-3) Hinton tonight. Senior RB Jackson Dewald has been on a tear rushing for an even (1,000) yards and (16) touchdowns. Dewald is averaging (7.5) yards per carry. The Rebels are fresh off a key win over Lawton-Bronson 48-26 where they held the Eagles to just (26) yards on the ground and (227) total yards. The Rebels are averaging (34.0) points per game. Credit the offensive line featuring Thorin Rodney 6-1 (260), Derek Gilbert 5-9 (160) and Caleb Drees 6-1 (185) for contributing to the success in the running game.

LAUREL-CONCORD-COLERIDGE BEARS: The Bears of head coach Alan Gottula are now ranked #9 at (3-1) and on a nice roll. The Bears have a key matchup tonight hosting (2-2) Hartington-Newcastle. Senior RB Evan Haisch 6-0 (195) has rushed for (648) yards and (9) scores on the season. Senior QB Evan Schmitt 5-11 (150) has passed for (263) yards and (2) touchdowns. The defense which has allowed only (33) points on the season is led by a pair of active juniors in DE Deagan Puppe (24) tackles and LB Sutton Ehlers (37) tackles. This team has the pieces in place to make a deep playoff run.

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