(Anita) CAM’s 62-24 victory at Lamoni last week sends the 9th ranked Cougars into the quarterfinals on a high note. The Cougars will now get a change to avenge a regular season loss when they oppose #4 Audubon for a 2nd time in three weeks. We’ll have the game on 96.5 FM KSOM.
Even though CAM suffered a 19-16 loss to the Wheelers in Week 9 they feel encouraged by how well they competed against Audubon. Head coach Joe Wollum says, “That’s definitely how wee feel. I think we had four trips in the red zone and came away with zero points.”
CAM is the only team this season that has held Audubon under 20 points. One big part of that was recovering a fumble and intercepting two passes. Another huge factor was keeping their own offense on the field and the opponent’s offense on the sideline. “We ran the ball very effectively. We didn’t get it in the end zone, but we ran the ball and limited possessions. We didn’t think we could get in a track meet with them. I thought we did a very, very good job and just came up three points short.”
Both teams pride themselves in strong line play. Each start the same three seniors up front on both sides of the ball. For CAM that’s Ethan Steffensen, Ben Tibken, and Ethan Fast. “I thought we did a pretty good job. I thought we won the battle maybe at the line of scrimmage, but we’ve got to get the linebackers blocked. Luke Mosinksi is a heck of a football player and we have to find Kaiden Smith and get him blocked.”
CAM was once the #1 team in the RPI before losing back-to-back one possession games to ranked foes Coon Rapids-Bayard and Audubon. Topping Lamoni was a big relief. This is as deep in the playoffs as any CAM team has ever been. Coach Wollum knew from the beginning they had this type of a run in them. “I remember talking to the coaches and some parents. The first time we met I said this group had a chance to be special. I’ve thought that the last two years too, but we had a little bit of an injury bug going around. This year for the most part we’ve stayed healthy. I definitely thought this was something that could happen if we did the little things right. It’s been a special season and we just hope to continue this ride.”
Lane Spieker has emerged as one of the marquee players in all of 8-Player this season and he’s just a sophomore. Spieker has 1,893 yards from scrimmage with 31 offensive scores. He’s also found the end zone four times on kick and punt returns. Against Audubon in the last outing he accounted for over ¾ of the team’s yardage.