(Exira) For a second straight year Exira-EHK will host Glidden-Ralston in the quarterfinals. The Spartans topped the Wildcats 39-36 last year. The win came on a late field goal by Zach Kliefoth which followed an impressive 2nd half comeback.
To get by Glidden-Ralston again coach Tom Petersen of Exira-EHK says it will take good execution and winning the turnover battle in what he expects to be a very physical game. The Spartans beat the Wildcats 47-4 in their regular season meeting, but it's worth noting that neither team was fully healthy at that time.
Exira-EHK has looked dominant more often than not this season with an average margin of victory at nearly of over 40 points per game. They playoffs have been no different with a 65-0 win over CAM and a 44-20 win against Coon Rapids-Bayard. In the 2nd round defeat of CR-B, quarterback Drew Peppers (pictured) posted a career game. The junior signal caller threw for 257 yards, ran for 220, accounted for 4 TD's and also intercepted three passes. He also posted 12 tackles and now is in striking distance of the career record for interceptions. Nick Peppers was not to be left out, posting 15 tackles, rushing for 90 yards and two scores, while hauling in five catches for 138 yards and one TD.
Coach Petersen refers to this goup of seniors as the type of class that you'd like to have ever year but that only comes around once every ten years. The Spartans have won 25 of their last 26 games with their lone loss coming in the semi-finals last year to eventual state champion MMC.
Click here for the interview with Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen