Gaels look to bounce back
Following last Friday’s 36-14 loss to Manson Northwest Webster, St. Edmond head football coach Jon Borer hit reset on his team.
Borer and the Gaels will look to kickoff Class A, District 2 play with a win when they welcome MMCRU to Dodger Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Overall, we didn’t execute very well (against MNW),” said Borer, in his first season with SEHS. “We had some confusion on things we installed on Day 1.
“So we hit the reset button and went back to the basics this week in practice. We started over in an attempt to get back to where we need to be.”
After putting up 339 yards of total offense in a 28-16 defeat at the hands of Mason City Newman in Week 1, St. Edmond (0-2 overall, 0-0 in district) was held to just 170 yards against the Cougars, including 20 passing.
Borer, though, was pleased with the defensive effort following the first quarter vs. Manson NW.
“I thought we had flashes of brilliance on defense, but our offense has got to get better,” he said. “We’ve had a good week of practice and I feel like now we can build from the bottom up. We were sharp on defense (in practice) and I think our conditioning has been the best all year.
“The kids continue to work hard and want to get better; I believe in them.”
Junior quarterback Andrew Gibb is 20-for-48 with 217 yards and one touchdown passing and two more rushing. Senior Isaac Lursen has caught 11 passes for 199 yards.
On the ground, Charlie Shelly (27 carries, 108 yards) and Cade Naughton (18-90) have been the featured backs.
Like the Gaels, MMCRU (0-2, 0-0) is searching for its first win of the season after losses to LeMars Gehlen (69-20) and Westwood (26-0).
Evan Cluck has 87 yards rushing on 19 carries, with Andrew Prescott adding 80 and a score. Prescott, a junior, is also 7 of 17 for 47 yards with a touchdown pass to Hunter Tentinger.
“MMCRU has some speed and a little bit of size,” Borer said. “They run some tricky stuff and a lot of misdirection on offense so we have to be prepared for that.
“This is another opportunity to take the field and compete. We need to execute and be confident in what we are trying to accomplish.”
The Royals are in their second season of playing 11-player football after winning a state title in 8-player in 2015. MMCRU went 1-8 last year, with the lone win coming over St. Edmond, 15-8.
Tyler Brimm, who ran for 186 yards and scored both touchdowns vs. the Gaels, has transferred to Remsen St. Mary’s. He was MMCRU’s leading rusher last year with 443 yards.