(Manning) All eyes in Class 1A District 2 this week are on the IKM-Manning and Fort Dodge, St. Edmond game. Both teams are ranked in the top ten and both are undefeated. The winner won't secure a district championship, but they will put themselves in the driver's seat heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.
IKM-Manning's strong defense will be faced with perhaps their toughest test of the year. The Wolve's have only given up 15 point per game, but now they face a St. Edmond offense that has scored over 40 points in three of their five games. St. Edmond's offensive damage has come on the ground as running backs Alex Merigle's 924 yards ranks 4th in the state.
The Wolves have a strong running game of their own, one that ran for over 230 yards in the 35-6 win over Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids last week. Shayne Wiese, Scott Opperman, Devontay Hocken, Cody Eischeid and Sam Wegner have all run for at least 198 yards on the season.
Coaches on both sides have indicated IKM-Manning has a size advantage up front, but St. Edmond has a quick defensive and offensive line. Finding out whether the size or speed wins out will go a long ways in deciding this big district title showdown.
Click here for the interview with IKM-Manning co-coach Tom Casey