LAST MEETING — W-G had little trouble in posting a 49-14 victory.
The Hawks ran for 323 yards and five touchdowns while adding 90 yards and once score through the air.
The Cardinals passed for only 44 yards, and while rushing for 231 yards were unable to find the end zone more than twice.
ABOUT THE HAWKS — W-G has outscored their five foes by a combined 113-37 and has allowed just one touchdown in the first half of their games.
Quarterback Cole Ashman is 29-52-3 for 456 yards and three TDs in what has been a limited passing attack.
The W-G ground game is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has accounted for 13 TDs and 1,371 yards on 249 rushes. Senior Marshall Nieland has been the main workhorse, rushing 125 times for 756 yards and five TDs, with Dylan Garland adding two scores and 260 yards on 34 rushes while Michael Connor has tallied 182 yards and six TDs on 39 carries.
Nieland (11-169) is the top receiver as well, with Race Brant (5-99) and Tanner Canova (7-98, 3 TDs) also involved in the air attack.
Dylan Nixon and Connor each have 45 tackles to lead the defense, with Jimmy Harney in on 39 stops. The team has intercepted 12 passes and recovered four fumbles, returning one for a score.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS — Earlham fell at Madrid, 66-28, last week after opening district play with a 26-14 home win over M-SM and a 33-7 win at the Woodward Academy. The Cardinals fell to Van Meter, 35-0, and to WCV, 32-26, in non-district play.
Earlham is clearly ground-oriented, having rushed for 1,317 yards and 12 TDs while passing for just 185 yards and two scores. The team has called 270 running plays and just 45 passing plays.
Max Kasap has rumbled for 773 yards and eight TDs on 137 carries to lead the run game. Branden Waldron (47-227, 2 TDs), Bryton Voss (20-135) and Derek Hensley (35-106, 2 TDs) will also see their share of carries.
Will Poffenberger is 8-of-20 for 135 yards and two TDs passing, with Hensley 5-24-5 for just 49 yards through the air. Hensley has caught eight passes for 114 yards and two scores.
Zach Schrek’s 40 tackles tops the defense, with Kasap adding 33 stops. The Cardinals have four interceptions and four fumble recoveries to their credit, returning one of each kind of turnover for a score.