(Malvern) East Mills matches up with Fremont-Mills this week in a matchup that will likely determine the 8-Player District 7 champion.
The Wolverines are 4-0 in the league standings and Fremont-Mills is 2-0. The next closest is Bedford at 2-2. East Mills coach Kevin Schafer lays out what is on the line. “The biggest thing is if we win the game we win the district. If F-M wins they are probably going to win the district. Because we don’t have nine games that could effect our RPI. Getting 2nd in our district, our odds of getting in the playoffs with in the only eight games probably hurt so we really need this game to get in the playoffs.”
Both teams have only one loss on the season as each fell to Audubon in non-district play. East Mills comes in ranked 9th in the state while Fremont-Mills is unranked.”Well, they have one of their lineman back that was not playing early in the year and along with Cooper Langfeldt they are one heck of tandem. With Seth Malcom, a D-1 recruit running behind them they are a tough matchup.”
Schafer believes if his team comes out on top it’ll likely have to come out in a shootout. He expresses concern over the weather forecast being less conducive to his team’s passing style.
This is the final regular season game for East Mills. If they win they know they’ll be in the playoffs. If they lose they’ll have to wait and see and practice for a long time before the postseason. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. We might have to give the kids a day off here and there just so they don’t get bored in practice.” He also says they’ll likely have a scrimmage in there and let some kids play JV on the other side of the ball from their typical position.
East Mills has won six straight games and has the fourth most passing yards in 8-Player. After having to patch in a lot of new guy to the lineup, Coach Schafer is pleased with the way things came together. “Very much so. A big win was beating Lamoni who might win their district. It was a shootout 51-46. They are a physical team, they are an excellent team.” Schafer adds beating Bedford may have been the best game they played all year and their win against Sidney he hopes will give them a good look at what they are about to face with Fremont-Mills.
Michael Schafer is within striking distance of 2,000 yards passing on the season with Nic Duysen being his top target. Duysen has 50 catches for 700 yards and 10 TD’s.