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Gaels host Cowboys

Fresh off a strong Week 1 performance, the St. Edmond football team looks to keep the momentum going in their home opener.

The Gaels entertain North Central Conference rival Clarion-Goldfield/Dows here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

St. Edmond (1-0 overall) opened the 2020 campaign with a 61-16 victory over Eagle Grove, racking up 534 yards of total offense including 342 rushing.

Tyler Rossmanith had a game-high 148 yards with a 70-yard touchdown run, Sean Flattery had 91 yards and two first quarter scores, and Kase Baker had 145 yards from scrimmage and three TDs.

Drew Schaeffer was an effective 6-for-10 passing for 192 yards with three touchdowns, averaging 32 yards per completion with a quarterback rating over 221.

“The kids have a really good confidence about them right now,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “There is a fine line between cocky and confident, and our guys are confident. It’s a good place to be at.”

Parker Oswald led the Gael defense with 9.5 tackles including two for loss and two interceptions with Rossmanith recording 5.5 tackles. Anthony Lacina, Cayne Reed and Grant Webster all forced turnovers.

“When you are plus-four in the takeaway department, that’s a big advantage,” Dillon said. “We want to be on the plus-side of that each game. We’ve got some great athletes on defense that know how to force turnovers and the kids on offense with the football in their hands are experienced and know how to protect it.”

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (0-1) is under the direction of new head coach Tim Morrison. Last week, the Cowboys fell to Hampton-Dumont/CAL, 18-4.

Seniors Shane Conlon and Christian Gaytan shared time at quarterback, throwing for a combined 55 yards with four interceptions. As a team, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows ran for 33 yards, with Neven Foss leading the team with 22.

On defense, Kain Nelson registered three tackles for loss and Foss had a team-high eight tackles.

This marks the first meeting between the two conference foes since 2003 when the Cowboys picked up a 14-6 win. St. Edmond scored a 12-7 decision the season before and lead the series 5-3 all-time.

“Everyone is excited to get back out there and play again,” Dillon said. “We’re very excited to be at home on the new surface inside Dodger Stadium.”

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