LAST MEETING — W-G ran for 369 yards, picked off a pass and fell on three fumbles and held Madrid to just 161 yards on the ground in a 52-14 win. The Tigers had 54 offensive snaps to just 38 for the Hawks, but W-G was far more efficient, scoring seven rushing touchdowns en route to the victory.
ABOUT THE HAWKS — W-G has allowed just 50 points in six games while scoring 170 points. Cole Ashman is 38-62-3 for 673 yards and five touchdowns through the air, with Tanner Canova (11-241, 5 TDs), Marshall Nieland (13-198) and Race Brant (8-144) his favorite targets. W-G is currently ranked 10th in Class A with 1,763 yards rushing, with Nieland second overall with 1,007 yards and 10 TDs on 153 carries. Michael Connor (45-254, 7 TDs) has played well at fullback and the team should retrieve the services of Dylan Garland (34-266, 2 TDs) who has missed nearly a month with a long illness. The defense has intercepted 12 passes and recovered four fumbles, with Dylan Nixon (56), Connor (55) and Jimmy Harney (45) the lead tacklers. The Hawks have recorded eight sacks and made 36 additional tackles for loss through six games.
ABOUT THE TIGERS — Madrid is second in Class A with 2,350 rushing yards and 29 TDs on the ground on 299 carries. The team has just 94 yards and no scores through the air, with Nick Novotny just 3-14-4 on the rare occasions the Tigers try to throw. Junior Collen Gibbons (133-862, 11 TDs) and senior Owen Gibbons (62-667, 4 TDs) pace the round game, with Alex Schieltz (34-382, 3 TDs) and Novotny (37-245, 7 TDs) also key parts of the offense. Madrid’s defense has fallen on four fumbles and come away with seven interceptions. Jack Schaffer’s 65 tackles tops the squad. The Tigers have scored 210 points this year but have been uncharacteristically suspect defensively, yielding 166 points. Madrid and W-G have defeated three common opponents: DM Christian (non-district), Martensdale-St. Marys and Earlham while both have fallen to Audubon. The Tigers posted a 150-70 scoring edge in those wins while the Hawk margin was 111-21. Madrid fell to Audubon, 49-21, while W-G dropped their meeting with the Wheelers by a 15-12 margin.