(Exira) Coon-Rapids-Bayard (8-3), and (9-0), Exira/EHK square off for the second time this season Monday night in the second round of the football playoffs. The Spartans won the first contest 49-12, on October 4.
Coon Rapids/Bayard Head Coach John Kesselring says it’s no secret they must slow down Spartan Junior Quarterback Drew Peppers in order to be successful. Drew and Nick Peppers and Trey Sanders have combined for 2,648 yards on the ground; Drew Peppers has piled up 1,599 of those yards.
“I don’t know if too many people have had any type of success doing that so far this year, so that is our main focus,” stated Kesselring. “We came into the game last month and said he is going to have to throw it to beat us, but he went 6-for-7, or something like that, for one-hundred and some yards so I guess that wasn’t the best idea either. So we have to find a way to slow him and his brother Nick and Trey Sanders down, and I think we can do that by winning at the line of scrimmage.”
Coon Rapids/Bayard won their first six games, before the Spartans ended that streak. The Crusaders other two losses are to Glidden-Ralston and Adair-Casey. But, Coon-Rapids/Bayard came back and eliminated Fremont-Mills in the first round of the playoffs last Wednesday night, 32-24.
“This is only the sixth time in school history that we have made the playoffs and only the fourth or fifth playoff win in school history,” Kesselring said, and it is not everyday you get to play the number one team in 8-player football and play against arguably one of the best players in the state of Iowa in Drew Peppers. I would say the kids are excited and the communities are excited and we look forward to Monday night.”
Exira/EHK has been dominating… outscoring the competition 54-10. But, Coach Tom Petersen says it is the playoffs and at this point both these teams are 1-0, and admits the Crusaders have a lot of weapons.
“Crusader running back Zach Evans has rushed for over 1,400 yards, they have a dual threat quarterback with great speed, who has rushed for about 600-yards, and thrown for over a thousand,” stated Petersen. “You look at those two kids and then they have two great receivers in Caylor Deeth and Spencer Winnett. So the kids are going to have to communicate at all times. It’s the playoffs, everybody is 1-0, and I expect our kids to be ready.”
The winner of this contest plays in the quarterfinals Friday night against the winner of Glidden-Ralston and Boyer Valley.
Click here to listen to comments from Coon Rapids-Bayard Head Coach John Kesselring
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November 4, 2013