Falcons head coach Ryan Schwiesow is no stranger to the falling fall leaves and bus ride to the UNI-Dome in the month of November. Schwiesow who has an incredible (72-10) record since 2015 is looking for his third state title in the last five seasons. This is a prideful and dedicated team that has an impressive culture and has simply re-loaded over the years with a proven offensive identity that breeds success. The community commitment to the program cannot be understated. The Hawarden community and surrounding towns love their football team and the players and coaches know this and give an all out effort.
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KICKOFF: 1:00 PM UNI-DOME (Friday)
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The Falcons check in with a (10-1) record as they face off with the (11-0) Dyke-New Hartford Wolverines coached by Don Betts this Friday at 1:00 PM. The Wolverines have outscored their first three playoff opponents 122-28. Ironically, the Falcons have outscored their first three playoff opponents 133-41. This game will be a chess match between the two head coaches. The Falcons have great balance to their offensive scheme and the Wolverines are somewhat run heavy on offense but can threaten in the passing game. In my opinion, whoever can take care of the football and be on the positive side in turnover margin will win this game.
OFFENSIVE ANALYSIS: The Falcon offense led by 6-0 (175) junior QB Dylan Wiggins has completed (172) passes in (266) attempts good for a 64% completion rate for (2,489) yards and has tossed (32) touchdowns. The balanced offense can also rush the ball as big play 6-0 (175) junior RB Carter Bultman (1,129) yards rushing and (11) scores can strike quickly. Credit the offensive line development and the lone senior up front in Mario Duenas 5-11 (220) for the success of the offense execution up front.
The arsenal of receivers that Wiggins has to work with include 6-1 (200) junior WR/TE Brady Lynott (42) receptions for (861) yards and (12) scores. Senior flanker Aaden Schwiesow (39) catches for (489) has reached the end-zone (9) times and been a key component of the passing game. Senior TE Levi Koopmans 5-9 (175) has (31) receptions for (331) yards and (2) scores. RB Bultman out of the backfield is sure handed with (32) receptions for (380) yards and (6) touchdowns.
"I feel like we have a good game plan going into Friday. The kid's attention to detail has been good during game prep this week. We have a challenge ahead of us as the Wolverines have a very good offensive and defensive line that we will have to contend with. I certainly appreciate our senior leadership as it has been some of my best here in West Sioux as the head coach," stated coach Schwiesow.
The Wolverines feature a 6-1 (165) senior QB Jacob Stockdale who has passed for (1,638) yards and (15) scores. The main threat at RB is 5-10 (160) junior Jerek Hall who has rushed for (1,643) yards and (20) touchdowns for an offense that has averaged (39.7) points per game. Sophomore RB Micah Walston 5-11 (175) has added (555) yards on the ground and (9) touchdowns. The go to receiver is 5-11 (175) senior Devon Kollasch who has (36) catches for (646) yards and (5) scores. Another nice target is 6-4 (210) senior Nate Graves who has (28) grabs for (448) yards.
DEFENSIVE ANALYSIS: The Falcon defense is led by senior LB Cullen Koedam 6-1 (170) who has racked up (73) tackles and (12.5) TFL. Lynott has collected (56.5) tackles and (3) sacks. Senior CB Blake Van Ballegooyen 5-11 (165) has had an impact in the secondary with (51.5) tackles. The Wolverines will counter defensively with junior MLB Nick Reinicke 6-4 (205) who has an astounding (91.5) tackles and senior OLB Graves has (45.5) tackles on the year. The Falcons have picked off (16) passes and the Wolverines have (14) interceptions as a team.
NUMB3RS 2 KNOW
**Wolverines offense averages (39.7) ppg
**Falcons offense averages (42.8) ppg
**Wolverines defense allows (10.0) ppg
**Falcons defense allows (18.0) ppg
**Wolverines have punted (19) times on the season average punt (31.0) yards
**Falcons have punted (23) times on the season average punt (31.0) yards
SSI PREDICTION: These are two very good teams. The Wolverines play solid defense and will provide a challenge to the Falcon explosive offensive attack. I think over the course of four quarters the weapons the Falcons have and the ability to stretch the field will be too much for the Wolverines to handle. I look for a close first half with both teams trading scores early and then the Falcons balance on offense will be the difference in the game. I look for Bultman to go over (100) yards rushing and Wiggins will distribute the ball to at least (5) different receivers. I feel the Falcons will be +2 in turnover margin and that will be the difference in the game.