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Warriors will try again for second win

September 28, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - North Union will look to rebound from its disappointing homecoming game against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remsen-Union this Friday.

A year ago, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn won the Class 8-Man title. Combining with Remsen-Union this season under a whole-grade sharing agreement, MMCRU now goes under the name royals.

The Royals football team has struggled somewhat in taking the field as an 11-man squad with a 1-4 record-the same as North Union.

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MMCRU's one win this season came in their district opener, a 15-8 victory over St. Edmond of Fort Dodge. The Royals haven't scored since that game as they were shut out by Sioux Central 37-0 in Week 4 and 56-0 by Bishop Garrigan last week.

North Union and MMCRU are similar in that neither team moves the ball through the air much. MMCRU's Tristen Olson is 24-of-67 for 172 yards with one touchdown and six interceptions. North Union's Elliott Hagebock is 16-of-40 for 181 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions.

North Union has had more success on the ground. Derek Thompson had 420 yards and three touchdowns on 123 carries. Isaac Engeman had 90 carries for 311 yards and four touchdowns. For MMCRU, Tyler Brimm has 321 yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries. No other Royal player has more than 20 yards rushing.

MMCRU's defense has done a better job of causing turnovers with three interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries compared to North Union's two interceptions and five fumble recoveries.

Eythan Blair leads the Warrior defense with 60 tackles while Isaac Engeman has 28.

MMCRU is led by Jerome Homes Jr.'s 39 tackles while Hunter Tentinger had 28.5.



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