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Fresh off a 48-14 win over Central Decatur Friday, the Raiders will hit the road once more for a contest with Clarke.
The Raiders (3-0) will face a Clarke (2-1) team that recently defeated Red Oak 34-27.
Clarke is in it’s third year under coach Duane Matthess and coming off a 3-6 record from one year ago.
The Indians have set several school records on offense, defense and special teams.
Utilizing a power based rushing attack, the Indians have gained 1,252 yards of total offense this season, with 1,205 of those on the ground.
With only 12 passing attempts this year, junior running back Chris Carson has set a new school record for single game rushing with 326 yards in last week’s victory over Red Oak.
Clarke has Zethann May under center this year and has completed three-of-eight passes for 42 yards, but has rushed for 133 yards.
With only four receptions completed, Tanner Fry has collected them all.
Their defense sets up in the 4-4 package most of the time, with the outside linebackers often rolling up to the line of scrimmage to give a 6-2 appearance.
Junior Jacob Smith is the leading tackler with three sacks, five tackles for loss and 18.5 tackles in all.
Through three games, the Indian defense has forced six turnovers, five of which are interceptions and one fumble recovery.
In what will be their 53rd meeting, Mount Ayr holds the lead in the series with a 29-19-4 record.
Mount Ayr has won 10 of the last 11 contests, with Clarke’s last win coming in 2009 by a 12-3 decision.
Their first meeting came in 1925, when Mount Ayr defeated Osceola 6-0. The first game between Clarke and Mount Ayr was in 1970, with the Indians claiming a 7-6 win. Mount Ayr didn’t get their first win against Clarke until 1984 with a 12-7 victory during the Raiders first playoff season.
Prior to 2009, the Indians had not defeated Mount Ayr since 1988 with a 33-22 victory. Raider tailback Randy Weehler rushed for nearly 400 yards. That loss prevented Mount Ayr from reaching the state playoffs.
Their most recent meeting in 2018 saw Mount Ayr defeat Clarke, 16-14.