GET YOUR POPCORN READY! #6 SBL WARRIORS HOST #2 BHRV NIGHTHAWKS
KICKOFF: 7:00 PM
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One of the bigger games in NW Iowa tonight will be the #6 (5-1) Warriors hosting #2 (6-0) BHRV Nighthawks. The Nighthawks bring terrific balance into the contest having rushed for (1,012) yards and passed for (1,027). The Warriors are led by dynamic junior QB Tyler Smith who has passed for (1,309) yards and rushed for (282) yards and (4) touchdowns. This game has the potential to turn into a fire fight offensively.
The Nighthawks feature 6-5 (175) senior QB Tanner Te Slaa (48-73) 65% (919) yards passing and (13) touchdown passes. There is artillery to throw the ball too including senior WR Caleb Katts (21) receptions for (380) yards and (6) scores. Senior WR Landyn Van Kekerix (11) receptions for (303) yards and (5) touchdowns. Senior WR Cade Fisher 6-1 (210) has rushed the ball for (161) yards and (6) scores. The Nighthawks offensively have outscored their opposition 293-63 on the season. The Nighthawk defense has allowed on average of (10.5) points per game. The defense is led by a pair of senior linebackers. Jaxson Rozeboom (27) tackles and (11.5) TFL and Van Kekerix with (30.5) tackles and (4) TFL.
The Warriors will counter offensively with QB Smith and his playmakers. Senior captain and Cyclone recruit Jacob Imming (206) yards rushing (5) touchdowns. Senior JD Dickson (190) rush yards and (3) scores. Senior WR Tyler Schenkelberg (28) receptions for (484) yards and (2) touchdowns is the main deep threat for the Warriors. I look for the Nighthawks to roll the safety to Schenkelberg's side of the field. Therefore, I expect talented junior's Jake Hamilton (18) receptions for (278) yards and (2) scores along with Scott Kroll (18) grabs good for (207) yards and (3) scores to come up big tonight in the offensive game plan.
The Warrior defense has some solid players led by Imming (31) tackles (4.5) TFL and senior safety Kaden Smith (32) tackles. Dickson from his linebacker spot is having a great season with (35) tackles and (3.5) TFL. This gameday environment should be amazing. I would advise arriving early to get a seat for what should be a dogfight!
SSI Prediction: Nighthawks 31 Warriors 24
SC North Stars (4-2) @ Johnston Dragons (2-4)
KICKOFF: 7:00 PM
The Stars take to the road tonight to visit
the Johnston Dragons in a key game with playoff implications for the improving Stars. The Stars will face a Dragon team that has dropped its last three games by a combined score of 100-23. Granted, they have faced some stiff competition but the two teams do have a like opponent in Waukee. Two weeks ago the Dragons lost (31-20) to Waukee and last week at home the Stars defeated the Waukee Warriors (21-18). I realize you can't always compare scores and game plans change weekly but it does give Coach Mohr and his Stars a measuring stick and did head coach Mitch Mohr did confirm the staff has watched that game tape.
The Stars have really been able to rally behind their defense that has provided a solid effort allowing only (19.3) points per game. The steady play of the defensive line led by senior DT Izaiah Truitt (27) tackles and (5.5) TFL has been instrumental in their success. "We have been getting a great effort out of our linebackers as they are reading their keys very well and my other teammates on the d-line have been doing a good job holding their assignments," stated Truitt. Senior DT Brody Martin has been on a roll registering (36) tackles and (6) TFL. The athletic senior Desmond Grace has also recorded (38) stops from his cornerback spot.
The Stars offense has had success feeding off of the defensive effort. The RB duo of senior Dedric Sullivan (346) yards and (5) touchdowns along with his sophomore buddy Dayton Harrell (276) yards and (5) scores has been reliable and steady all season. Junior QB Carson Strohbeen has been efficient passing the ball for (548) yards and (3) scores. The emergence of senior WR Desmond Grace (143) rushing yards (2) scores and (12) receptions for (197) yards and (2) scores will need to have a big game tonight for the Stars to secure win #5.
The Dragons feature youth throughout the roster starting with sophomore QB Adrian Broadus (462) yards passing and (2) touchdowns but has also tossed (7) interceptions. Sophomore RB Menson Martin has rushed for (143) yards. The Dragons have had a tough time getting a running game established as they are averaging (2.4) yards per carry. The main receiving threats include junior WR Rex Woodley (13) receptions for (240) yards and (2) scores and sophomore WR Jacob Simpson (20) catches for (225) yards. The Dragon defense is led by senior linebacker JT Puk (48) tackles and (3) TFL.
The Stars know who they are and have developed an identity as a defensive minded team and ball control offense and most importantly have limited turnovers. I happen to like this match-up versus a younger roster.
SSI PREDICTION: Stars 24 Dragons 14