OVERVIEW — East Mills was second in District 8 and W-G third in District 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 322-59, an average of 36-7 per game while the Hawks hold a 250-122 edge for a 28-14 average. An even larger discrepancy appears when the points scored/allowed rate is compared against teams with an over .500 record. Against those foes East Mills holds a point edge of 83-39 while W-G has been outscored 63-20. East Mills lost in week five, 16-0, at Logan-Magnolia, and in week seven to A-H-S-T, Avoca, 10-0. W-G losses came in week one at Ogden (7-0), in week four at Audubon (15-12) and in week seven against Madrid (44-8) a loss that cost the Hawks second place in D7 and a home playoff game.
ABOUT THE HAWKS — W-G has thrown for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing 434 times for 2,497 yards and 27 scores. Quarterback Cole Ashman is 62-97-4 for 1,040 yards and eight scores, with Tanner Canova (18-426, 7 TDs), Marshall Nieland (23-333, 1 TD) and Race Brant (12-173) his primary targets. The Hawks average 16.7 yards per reception. Nieland is fourth in Class A with 1,366 yards, which he has gained on 216 rushes (6.3 ypc) while scoring 13 TDs. Michael Connor (75-435, 9 TDs), Dylan Garland (63-389, 4 TDs), Ashman (42-193, 1 TD) and Brant (20-132) have also played a role in the ground game. The defense has intercepted 13 passes and recovered 10 fumbles, with one returned for a touchdown. They have made 18 sacks and recorded 55 tackles for a loss. Connor leads the defense with 84 tackles, with Dylan Nixon adding 75 stops and Jimmy Harney 62. Nieland is 10-of-14 on PAT kicks and is yet to try a field goal, with Lane Kooiker averaging 31.7 yards per punt.
ABOUT THE WOLVERINES — East Mills has nearly identical passing numbers to W-G, having thrown for 1,043 yards and 11 TDs while tossing three interceptions (W-G has been picked off four times). The ground game has produced 39 TDs and 2,004 yards on 367 carries. Logan Currin is the main quarterback and is 38-75-2 for 854 yards and 10 TDs while reserve Jacob Schafer is 14-32-1 for 153 yards and one score. Travis Tupper (17-434, 8 TDs) and Michael Story (13-330, 3 TDs) are the main targets among the receiving corps. Colby Jennings has 1,055 yards and 15 TDs on 153 carries, with Josh Hopkins (66-477, 6 TDs) and Lane Stortenbecker (54-199, 3 TDs) also seeing plenty of duty hauling the pigskin. The Wolverine defense has 88 tackles for a loss and 24 sacks and has intercepted 14 passes and recovered seven fumbles. One interception and two fumbles have been returned for scores. Story is truly the story for the East Mills defense, as the 5-9, 170-pound senior has accounted for 113 tackles, 19 of them for negative yardage. Jennings has 66 tackles and Hopkins 60, with Stortenbecker recording 16 tackles for loss. Tupper is 24-of-31 on PAT attempts and is 4-of-8 on field goals, with a long of 50. He has a 33.8 average on 28 punts.