SPIRIT LAKE - No matter the outcome, fans can expect one thing as Class 2A No. 1 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley and No. 2 Spirit Lake take the field tonight-a good football game.
The Nighthawks are coming off an 11-1 season in Class 3A a year ago where they lost to Harlan in a semifinal game. The Indians finished as runners-up in Class 2A in 2011.
Both have similar numbers offensively through the first four games.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley has 965 yards on the ground and 523 through the air.
Spirit Lake has 1,002 yards on the ground and 586 through the air.
Spirit Lake coach Josh Bolluyt points out a couple other similarities.
"Both teams have good defense," he said. "Both run a spread a no huddle offense. It should be a fun game to watch."
Bolluyt said the Nights hawks are an athletic team, defensively and offensively.
"It's what you'd expect from the No. 1 team," he said. "Their offense is balanced. Their quarterback is very mobile and does a great job of buying time in the pocket allowing the receivers to run their routes."
That quarterback, Brandt Van Roekel, is 28-of-51 passing with three touchdowns and one interception. He also leads the Nighthawks ground attack with 263 yards on 42 carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Other ball carriers include Dallas Rozeboom with 229 yards on 36 carries with seven touchdowns, Miguel Alvarado with 214 yards on 24 carries with seven touchdowns and Logan Stiens with 163 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns.
The Indians match up with Brown completing 29-of-50 passes for 506 yards with eight touchdowns to two interceptions.
Cody Poock leads the ground attack with 306 yards on 45 carries with three touchdowns. Bryson McCabe has 184 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns.
The Indian defense has done a little better on takeaways, causing 17 turnovers compared to 12 by the Nighthawks.
The little things may turn the game in either favor as the Indians struggled with penalties last week-10 for 100 yards.