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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2014

MP hosts Ottumwa in home opener

By Ashlee De Wit | Sep 05, 2013

After suffering a 40-0 loss to Marion in their season debut, the Panthers are looking to even their record Friday by slowing down Ottumwa on defense, maintaining momentum on offense, and playing a mentally tough game all the way though in their home opener.

“We have to play disciplined football, we have to be a little more proficient in our passing game, and we can’t make mental errors — poor alignment is going to lead to bad things,” Coach Shawn Striegel said.

In their season debut, the Bulldogs defeated Keokuk by a score of 33-3 — the same final by which Ottumwa beat Mt. Pleasant last season.

The Bulldogs have graduated their quarterback from last year, along with the top three rushers and receivers.

Stepping up to lead the team to victory last week was sophomore Isaiah Cox, who rushed for 145 yards in 10 attempts and scored two touchdowns.

Isaiah Hutchinson, also a sophomore, rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown.

This year’s quarterback, Shane Frazier, a junior, also scored a touchdown on the ground, and the Bulldogs’ other score came from junior Andrew Altfillisch on a punt return.

Ottumwa is a quick team — Cox broke away for a 92-yard touchdown, and Hutchinson ran 75 yards for his. Fraizer’s score was no QB sneak — he made a 35-yard run into the end zone. Altfillisch carried for 69 yards on his return.

The Panthers will have to work hard to stop the Bulldogs at the line.

“The biggest thing with Ottuwma is that they use a zone readoff — they’ll try to get you going one way, then go another, so we have to have them flanked,” Striegel said. “We have to be disciplined, can’t overrun plays, can’t guess. That will be key for us.”

The Mt. Pleasant offense will aim to pick up a few more yards in the air this week.

The Panthers’ offensive line didn’t allow the quarterbacks as many opportunities to throw as the coaches would have liked. But when they did throw, they had success finding their targets. Dustin Amos went 2-for-3 and Spencer White was 1-for-2 passing against Marion.

“We have to show up on the offenseive line to give the quarterback more time — we worked on some techniques this week, so hoepfully that will take place,” Striegel said.

Kickoff for the varsity game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.

 

Mt. Pleasant starters

 

OFFENSE

Pos.:  Name,   Ht.,  Wt.,  Class

QB:  Dustin Amos,  6-3, 180, Senior

FB:  Carson Remick,  6-0, 190, Senior

TB:  Josh Larson,  5-11, 160, Senior

WR:  Clayle Franklin,  5-9, 160, Junior

WR:   Blake Knudsen,  5-11, 149, Junior

TE:  Justin Dilks,  6-3, 220, Senior

C:  Jackson Kelley,  6-5,  280, Junior

LG:  Marcus Moothart,  6-2, 185, Junior

RG:  Matt Scudder,  6-2, 225, Senior

LT:  Tyler Ruby,  6-2, 215, Junior

RT:  Alec Skubal,  5-11, 215, Junior

K:  Zoom Gwamna,  5-9, 160, Junior

 

DEFENSE

Pos.:  Name,   Ht., Wt.,  Class

LT:  Ben Canby,  6-1, 220, Junior

NG:  Dante Vandenberg, 6-5, 231, Junior

RT:  Justin Dilks,  6-3, 220, Senior

LB:  Dustin Amos,  6-3, 180, Senior

LB:  Noah Brown,  5-11, 177, Senior

LB:  Carson Remick,  6-0, 190, Senior

LB:  Tyler Ruby,  6-2, 215, Junior

LB:  Josh Larson,  5-11, 160, Senior

LC:  Austin Smith,  5-8, 155, Junior

RC:  Tony Cristoforo,  6-0, 164, Senior

FS:  Spencer White,  6-3, 175, Junior

P:  Ben Canby,  6-1, 220, Junior

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