Through two weeks, just 14 Class A teams stand unbeaten.
St. Edmond is one of those 14.
The Gaels look to improve to 3-0 here on a special Thursday night kickoff with North Union inside Dodger Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.
Along with the contest marking the official start of district play, it will also be Senior Night for St. Edmond as they honor 11 players from the football team along with seniors from the cross country and cheerleading programs.
For third-year SEHS head coach Matt Dillon, this is a special group.
“When I came here, I saw these sophomores and knew that if they worked at it, they could really do something great here as seniors,” Dillon said. “They have put in the time and now are being rewarded with good results.”
Following a 61-16 victory in Week 1 over Eagle Grove, St. Edmond downed Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, 30-8, last Friday night as Drew Schaeffer made history.
Schaeffer, one of those seniors set to be honored, completed 8 of 15 passes for a school-record 342 yards with three touchdowns. He became the first Gael to throw for over 300 yards in a single-game and surpassed 1,000 yards for his career.
“Drew is just a special, special player,” Dillon said. “He makes all the right throws and sees the game very well. He’s constantly asking us how we can do something better and I have complete trust in his approach.”
Schaeffer connected with five different players on the night, as seniors Anthony Lacina and Kase Baker each went over 100 yards receiving. Lacina finished with two touchdown catches for 160 yards with Baker recording 113 yards receiving, 60 yards rushing and scoring twice.
Sean Flattery had 80 yards as the Gaels ran for 160 as a team.
On defense. Brock Stanek had a sack, Flattery an interception and Tyler Rossmanith finished with 5.5 tackles including four solo stops.
“We’re playing some very good football right now, but we’re still continuing to work and learn,” Dillon said. “It was a short week, so we really had to get a lot figured out in a small amount of time.”
St. Edmond has won each of the past three meetings with North Union (0-2), including an 18-14 victory last year. The Warriors last won in 2016, 22-12.
Sophomore Carter Morphew has thrown for 301 yards with four touchdowns, adding another 76 yards on the ground a score. Ryan Lang has 203 yards rushing and Aidan Fries is the top receiver with 11 receptions for 119 yards and a TD.
North Union lost to Mason City Newman (35-26) and Okoboji (17-13). Morphew threw for 177 yards and Lang ran for 82 vs. Okoboji.
Game Notes: Schaeffer has 534 yards passing and six TDs on the year, holding a quarterback rating of 235.4. … He is averaging 38.1 yards per completion. … Rossmanith, Flattery and Baker all have over 121 yards rushing, with Baker adding 197 yards receiving. … Parker Oswald leads the Gaels with 12 tackles including three for loss. … Thornton Aljets has made seven extra-points and a field goal. … North Union has forced three turnovers on the season. … Christian Bierstedt leads the defense with four tackles for loss.