MP looks for first win at Ft. Madison
The Mt. Pleasant football team looks to build on improvements made in last week’s game against a tough Solon team in order to get into the win column against Ft. Madison.
The Panthers take on the Bloodhounds in their first Class 3A District 7 game, which will be at Ft. Madison on Friday.
Mt. Pleasant defeated Ft. Madison last year, 15-14, in its homecoming game for its first win of the season. Both teams finished 2-7 overall.
This year, after going 0-3 in non-district play, the Panthers are again looking to pick up their first victory of the season against the Bloodhounds.
Ft. Madison got its first win of the season in the first week, when it topped West Burlington, 29-26.
The Bloodhounds have since dropped games to Chariton (21-14) and to district opponent Williamsburg (55-8), so they head into Friday’s matchup against Mt. Pleasant with a record of 1-2.
After scoring just a combined three points in their first two contests, the Panthers made some strides on offense in last week’s game against Solon. They had their first lead, their first rushing touchdown and their first passing touchdown of the season. They rushed for nine first downs on the night.
“We need to continue our momentum from the offensive line and be able to run the ball,” Coach Shawn Striegel said. “On defense, we need to focus on the things we need to do to stop the run.”
Overall, however, the Panthers would like to keep their defense off the field as much as possible.
“We’re leading the district in tackles, because we’re on defense so much,” Striegel said.
Mt. Pleasant’s Carson Remick leads area schools in tackles with 53, 11 more than the next closest player.
When the Panther defense is on the field tomorrow night, they’ll look to bring down Ft. Madison quarterback Cruz Fedler, who leads the team with 290 rushing yards. He has 65 rushing attempts this season (averging 4.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns on the ground. He is also 27-of-46 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown. Wesley Bernhardt, who has 102 receiving yards, caught that 19-yard touchdown pass.
The Panthers will also look for Nicholas Wood, who has picked up 158 yards in 26 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and scored one touchdown, and Kameron Cooper, who has 115 yards on 20 carries (5.8 yards per carry) and has scored twice.
Kickoff is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Ft. Madison.
Mt. Pleasant starters
Pos.: Name, Ht., Wt., Class
QB: Dustin Amos, 6-3, 180, Senior
FB: Justin Dilks, 6-3, 220, Senior
TB: Carson Remick, 6-0, 190, Senior
WR: Clayle Franklin, 5-9, 170, Junior
WR: Austin Smith, 5-8, 155, Junior
TE: Ben Canby, 6-1, 220, Junior
C: Colton Moore, 5-10, 250, Senior
LG: Alex Nunez, 5-7, 200, Senior
RG: Tyler Ruby, 6-2, 215, Junior
LT: Matt Scudder, 6-2, 225, Senior
RT: Justin Nichting, 6-4, 215, Senior
K: Zoom Gwamna, 5-9, 160, Junior
Pos.: Name, Ht., Wt., Class
LT: Ben Canby, 6-1, 220, Junior
NG: Noah Brown, 5-11, 177, Senior
RT: Dante Vandenberg, 6-5, 231, Junior
LB: Dustin Amos, 6-3, 180, Senior
LB: Justin Dilks, 6-3, 220, Senior
LB: Carson Remick, 6-0, 190, Senior
LB: Tyler Ruby, 6-2, 215, Junior
LB: Austin Smith, 5-8, 155, Junior
LC: Spencer White, 6-3, 175, Junior
RC: Justin Chalupa, 5-9, 140, Senior
FS: Beau Parkevich, 5-10, 144, Junior
P: Ben Canby, 6-1, 220, Junior