September 12, 2013

Wildcats, Indians gear up for district opener



Oskaloosa’s top receiver is senior tight end Spencer Medlin with three receptions for 53 yards. He injured an ankle versus Grinnell and his status is unknown for the game.
“We will miss a couple kids for sure this week, but we are also potentially getting some back from injury, which will help our depth,” Sterner said. 
Senior Ryder Curtis has caught the only TD pass from VanDalen, good for 29 yards. Senior Jeremy Schneider has the other touchdown pass, a five-yard toss from Joe Sterner.
While both defenses have had problems stopping their opponents, they do have some solid talent.
Carlisle senior linebacker Spencer Endecott is the district’s top tackler with 33 while Epp has been in on 20 tackles. Epp has also added an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Oskaloosa senior linebacker Mason Wisse is right behind Endecott in tackles with 28 and junior defensive back Riley Coniglio is sixth in the district with 23 tackles.
The two have also recorded the lone turnovers for the Indian defense, each with a fumble recovery.
“Offensively they are a very disciplined option football team,” Sterner said. “They also come off the ball low and hard. This is certainly going to be a chance for our kids to improve in those respects. They also have the ability to step back and throw, so our pass defense will need to continue to develop.
“Their defensive line gets off the ball low and hard and their linebackers are very good. We must each focus on our best 1/11th for success this week.”
Herald Sports Editor Jim Gries can be reached at sports@oskyherald.com

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