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Week 7 Football Preview Midgets optimistic for victory against winless Pocahontas

October 5, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

After last week's tough homecoming victory over Sheldon, Estherville Lincoln Central will be looking for another win on the road at Pocahontas this Friday.

Like the Midgets, the Indians have had their struggles this year. However, ELC has kept all but one of its losses within a touchdown while Pocahontas only close game was a 20-12 loss to MOC-Floyd Valley in Week 4. The Indians have scored no more than one touchdown in each of its other five games.

ELC coach Andy Umthun said Pocahontas has a good defensive line.

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"From their stats they're somewhat balanced offensively-they make big pass plays at crucial times and sometimes that's been a problem for us," said Umthun. "They have two receivers over 6 foot. Their quarterback does some good things and scrambles well. They also have a 300-pound lineman that plays both ways. They've not scored too many points and they've had drives stall."

Pocahontas' leading rusher is Noah Anderson with 417 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries. Anderson had a 73-yard touchdown run against Bishop Garrigan in the season opener. Dane Hubbell has carried the ball 78 times for 219 yards. No other Indian has more than 50 rushing yards.

By comparison, ELC has three ball carriers with over 200 yards. Robert Sheridan leads the way with 395 yards and eight touchdowns on 64 carries. Quarterback Evan Olesen has 345 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries. Myles McDonald, who was injured in the first game of the season, got the bulk of the carries last week and had 133 yards and two touchdowns against Sheldon. For the season, he now has 60 carries for 272 yards.

Pocahontas quarterback Jace Davidson has completed 45-of-131 passes for 513 yards and three touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has spread the ball around with nine players with at least one reception. Cameron Callion had 13 catches for 206 yards and Jacob Samuelson had 10 catches for 107 yards, but neither has a touchdown.

But comparison, ELC's Olesen is 101-of-170 passing for 1,341 yards and nine touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He did not have an interception in last week's win over Sheldon.

Coach Umthun looks for his team to "mentally clean up foolish penalties.

"We just need to play disciplined. We gave up too many big plays last week. We practice this every day and sometimes it's frustrating," the coach said. "But we have a lot of guys playing both ways."

Umthun did like the way his team ran the ball against Sheldon.

"I thought we controlled the field position too," he said. "We played the field position game well. We punted at times because we punted so well."

ELC had three punts by Olesen that pinned Sheldon inside its 10-yard line last week.

"I'm proud of how the guys persevered last week," said Umthun. "I thought we could have put them (Sheldon) away early, but even when we got down, I was impressed with how resilient we were."

 
 
 

 

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