PREP FOOTBALL: Sibley-Ocheyedan aims at another home victory
SIBLEY, Iowa -- One win.
That's all that's on the mind of Sibley-Ocheyedan head football coach Jordan Menning.
"We're looking to be 1-0, that's our goal every week," Menning said. "We have Pocahontas coming in and a lot of people have said, 'Oh, it's an easy game for you because they are 0-4.' But they are definitely not a 0-4 caliber team. We are looking for a tough battle this week with them. They do some good things in the run game and on defense."
The Generals are 3-1 this season, and 1-1 in the District. However, they are looking for a key win against the winless PA/P-P team.
"Watching film, they definitely show they can come in and beat anyone," Menning said. "They're a team that if you don't prepare well, they'll come in and beat you."
Leading the Indians' ground game is Luke Sommerlot, who has 256 yards on 56 carries and a pair of touchdowns. However, Cody Rahn has 236 yards on 38 carries.
Avery Aden has thrown for 135 yards, while Rahn has 124 yards receiving.
"Defensively, we have to shut down their run and be disciplined," Menning said. "They'll pass the ball as well, so we have to really read our keys. Offensively, we're looking to be able to sustain drives and move the ball and get the ball in the end zone."
Meanwhile, General quarterback Troy Schmidt has 559 yards passing, while Brett Doeden is the leading receiver with 236 yards.
Ethan Stofferan leads the team with 321 yards rushing, while Schmidt (153) and Steven Brockshus (115) have each topped the century mark so far this season for the Generals.
"How the guys have worked in the offseason, they've worked tremendously hard and I think that's paying off," Menning said. "They started off in the early summer being really disciplined and that is carrying over to the season. We still have to work on a lot of the little things."
But like the rest of this part of the country, Sibley has taken its share of rain.
"The sidelines are a little wet," Menning said. "It was a little wet out at practice, but I think by (tonight), we'll be ready to go."
In other Iowa action, Sheldon travels to Sioux Center in a battled of top teams in Class 2A, District 1.
The Orabs enter 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the district and are rated No. 8 in the most recent polls, while the Warriors enter with a 3-1 record and a 1-1 record in the district. They received votes in the polls.
In other District 1 action, Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (3-1, 2-0) goes for its fourth consecutive victory at Spirit Lake (2-2 0-2).
Harris-Lake Park (2-2, 1-1) is coming off a 58-24 victory against Corwith-Wesley-Luverne last week and will try to continue that winning streak at North Sentral Kossuth (1-3, 0-2) in an 8-player, District 2 game.
In Southwest Conference action, Luverne (3-0, 2-0) is fresh off its key victory against Jackson County Central a week ago. Tonight, the second-ranked Cardinals will travel to Pipestone Area (1-2, 1-1), which is also fresh off a victory at Worthington. The two will meet tonight for the Battle Ax trophy.
Worthington (0-3, 0-2) hosts Windom (3-0, 1-0) in a game that was originally scheduled for Island Park in Windom.
Marshall (3-0, 1-0) travels to JCC (2-1, 1-1), which will try to get back on the winning track this week.
Hills-Beaver Creek, which recently cracked the Top 10, and is rated No. 9 in the recent 9-man polls, puts its 3-0 record on the line when Alden-Conger (0-3) visits.
Edgerton/Ellsworth, which is ranked No. 4, takes its 3-0 record to Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther (0-3). Cleveland (0-3) travels to Westbrook-Walnut Grove in another Southern Confederacy contest.
It the Little Sioux Conference, Fulda (2-1) travels to Renville County West (0-3) in the Jaguar's last game this season. RCW will forfeit the remainder of the season.
Adrian (2-1) faces Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (3-0) in a game that will be at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.
Dawson-Boyd (2-1) will travel to Murray County Central (0-3) in another Little Sioux clash.
After a big 20-0 win at Wabasso last week, Red Rock Central (2-1) hosts Southwestern United (0-3) in a Southern Minnesota Conference game.
New Ulm Cathedral (2-1) travels to Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin (2-1) in another conference clash.