CB LEWIS CENTRAL (2-3, 2-0) at PERRY (1-4, 0-3) Homecoming
LAST MEETING — The Titans thoroughly dominated the action, outgaining the Bluejays 231-69 in total yards en route to a 21-0 win.
CBLC scored twice in the first quarter and once in the third frame to claim the win. The Titans ran for 180 yards and passed for 51 while holding the Jays to just 33 rushing yards on 26 runs.
Perry quarterback Will Whiton was 4-of-11 for just 36 yards while spending most of the game trying to avoid danger. CBLC finished the game with five sacks and added eight other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS — Perry has been balanced on offense as the team has generated 779 yards and eight touchdowns through the air and 714 yards and seven scores on the ground.
Whiton is 32-73-3 for 603 yards and six TDs passing and has added 435 yards and four TDs on 87 runs. Reserve Cavan Finn has been sharp at times, hitting 11-of-24 passes for 176 yards and two scores, both of them to Whiton, who has seven receptions for 102 yards.
Ben Daniels has 20 catches for 472 yards and five TDs and has run seven times for 96 yards and a TD. Nic Wilhelmi has 111 yards on seven catches while Seth Stetzel has rushed 47 times for 153 yards and a TD.
The defense has made three interceptions and recovered seven fumbles, with Wilhelmi and Michael Lansing sharing the team lead for tackles with 63 apiece.
“I think their (CBLC) record is deceptive because they have lost to two Class 4A schools (35-27 to CB Abraham Lincoln and 21-20 to Indianola) and to one of the best 1A schools in the state every year (CB St. Albert, who topped the Titans, 35-28),” Perry head coach Jason Olejniczak said. “They look very impressive and fundamentally sound on film and have great size and speed at receiver. I am sure they will try to nail us with big passing plays down the field and we will need to get a pass rush going to disrupt their rhythm.”
ABOUT THE TITANS — Lewis Central has played two district games, whipping host Atlantic, 42-0, before shutting down ADM, 13-3, last week. This will mark their first, and only, road trip of any size this season.
Junior quarterback Austin Simmons is 86-158-4 for 1,158 yards and 12 TDs and has rushed 81 times for 295 yards and two TDs. His 1,453 combined yards is just 40 shy of the entire team output for Perry.
Simmons has a stable of big, experienced targets in 6-1, 185 pound Jake Rodgers, 6-6, 190 pound Lincoln Rodenburg and 6-5, 190-pound Kyle Larson, all seniors. Rodgers has 32 catches for 482 yards and four TDs, Rodenburg 15 grabs for 184 yards and four TDs and Larson 13 snags from 147 yards and two scores. Toss in 6-3, 215-pound sophomore Mitchell Brinkman (10-140, 2 TDs) and the Titans are loaded in the passing game.
Tanner George (37-130) has been the only other reliable threat on the ground.
The defense has four interceptions and two fumble recoveries and is led by 60 tackles from Ethan Ruby and 43 (six sacks, seven stops for loss) from Chris Thomas.
The Titans are not afraid to call on placekicker Caleb Shudak, who is 4-of-8 on field goals, with a long of 43.