St. Edmond hosts Cougars
Highway 7 rivals St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster collide once again on the football field this Friday night inside historic Dodger Stadium.
But this one definitely has a different feel than all the others.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Gaels (3-1 overall) are coming off a disappointing 55-14 loss to defending Class A state champion and No. 7 West Hancock in Britt last Friday night.
“We hit a little hitch in our giddy-up, but the great thing about football is you have a chance to redeem yourself,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “We completely flushed the West Hancock game out as soon as we walked off that field and started focusing on Manson Northwest Webster.
“We’ve had a great week of practice and we feel prepared to get back on track.”
Coming off the setback, Dillon is looking to get back to the balanced ways the offense has shown so far. St. Edmond has thrown for 937 yards and rushed for 903, scoring 22 offensive touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Drew Schaeffer is completing almost 57 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and just one interception in 65 attempts. He also has scored a pair of rushing TDs.
Tyler Rossmanith, a junior, has 350 yards and two scores, Sean Flattery has 256 with four touchdowns and Kase Baker 233 with three TDs. Parker Oswald anchors the receiving group with 15 catches for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Five different receivers have caught TD passes from Schaeffer and six different have at least three receptions on the year.
“Balance isn’t always about being 50-50 run-pass,” Dillon said. “I look at it more about the yardage and being able to make people defend the whole field. We have some very talented kids and we want to take advantage of the green space out there with them.”
Rossmanith, Anthony Lacina and Oswald anchor a Gael defense that had allowed just 51 points before last Friday. Rossmanith has 27 tackles, Lacina 20.5 and Oswald 18.5. St. Edmond has 15 tackles for loss and has forced 11 turnovers.
After facing Ogden in Week 1 and Pocahontas Area a week later, Manson Northwest Webster (0-3) was forced to sit due to the novel coronavirus. They returned this past Saturday, falling to North Union, 38-9.
Junior Shawn Kenyon has taken over at quarterback for first-year head coach Marty Hart. Kenyon has thrown for 272 yards with four TDs, with Tate Bianchi hauling in 12 of those passes for 163 yards and a pair of scores.
Brayden Johll leads the ground attack with 150 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, junior Chris Krueger has 24.5 tackles including 20 solo stops and sophomore Ian Kohnen has been in on 20.5 tackles.
The Cougars have been strong on special teams, as Bianchi owns a pair of kickoff returns for scores, averaging almost 32 yards per return.
“Bianchi is a really good receiver and they like to get him the ball — which they should,” Dillon said. “He’s also dangerous in the return game and we’ve got to be on top of that.”
Game notes: St. Edmond moved Homecoming to Oct. 9 when they face Bishop Garrigan. … The Gaels have won eight of the past 11 meetings with the Cougars. … Manson NW is 2-1 in the last three, though, including a 36-0 victory at home last year. … Drew Schaeffer is fourth on the school’s career list for yards passing with 1,680. … Kase Baker has 914 career yards rushing and 1,415 total yards in his career. … Brayden Johll has 1,075 career yards rushing and six touchdowns. … Tate Bianchi has caught 48 passes for 468 yards and three scores in his MNW career.