Raiders to face Central Decatur Friday
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The Mount Ayr Raiders will host the Central Decatur Cardinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Raiders are coming off a 3-0 win over the Interstate 35 Roadrunners, while the Cardinals (1-2) are coming off their first win of the season against Southwest Valley, outscoring the Timberwolves 42-22.
In what will be the 75th meeting between the two teams, the Raiders look to increase their all-time series lead of 48-23-3.
Co-coaches Delwyn Showalter and Derek Lambert are 8-4 against Central Decatur.
The two teams first met in 1923 with Leon claiming a 6-0 win. Mount Ayr would not defeat the Cardinals until 1929 where the Raiders blanked the Cardinals 26-0 just a few weeks before the stock market crash that brought in the Great Depression.
Last year, the Raiders defeated the Cardinals 20-12 at Flockhart Field in Leon. Previously, Mount Ayr had not defeated Central Decatur since 2013, when they won 34-13.
Central Decatur (1-2) has fallen to Nodaway Valley and Interstate 35, both teams Mount Ayr has been successful against. The Cardinals have gained 804 yards of offense this year for an average of 268 yards.
They have ran the ball 53 times for 138 yards and completed 64 of 119 passes for 666 yards.
Cole Pedersen, who has signed to Iowa State University, plays several different positions in the offense, but most of the time lines up at quarterback.
Hayden Leymaster leads the Cardinal receivers with 17 catches for 217 yards and six touchdowns, while 10 different receivers have caught passes this year for the Cardinals.