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The Mount Ayr Raider football team will travel to Panorama this Friday night, seeking their first 6-0 start since the 2012 season, in which they won 11 straight games before falling to Countil Bluffs-St. Albert in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
The Raiders are coming off a 41-0 win over West Central Valley (after a shortened one-half game due to lightning) while the Panthers came out of Clarinda with a 33-3 win.
As of now, both teams stand at 5-0 on the season. Last season, the Panthers were 5-4 on the season.
There isn’t much history between these two teams with Friday being their ninth meeting, with Mount Ayr holding a 5-3 series lead. The last game came in 2018 in which Mount Ayr won 21-13, a homecoming victory and their fifth of the season, while also being the first meeting of the two teams since 2013.
The first contest between the Panthers and Raiders was back in 1994, in which Mount Ayr won 40-7.
The Panthers started their season with shutouts over Fort Dodge-St. Edmond and Manson-Northwest Wesbter before a narrow 15-13 win over Interstate-35 before defeating Central Decatur 37-22. Against Clarinda last week they won 33-3.
Coach Michael Kauzlarich is in his second season at Panorama with a 10-4 record in his two seasons.
Panorama likes to operate out of the shotgun most of the time while leaning heavily toward spread sets featuring up to five wide receivers.
Presnap motions are abundant in an attempt to put the defense out of place, while their blocking schemes rely on pulling linemen to lead the play.
Dominic Walker is the Panther quarterback. Walker is 61-of-104 for 732 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also the leading rusher with 215 yards on 79 carries.
Jackson Carstens and Luke South lead the receiving corps. Carstens has 17 receptions for 135 yards while South has 10 for 138.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers line up in a three man front. The linebackers will squeeze in at the line for a five man appearance. Linebackers Trent Hambelton and Drew Taylor lead the tacklers with 24.5 stops each. Taylor has seven sacks on the year.
The defense has forced 14 turnovers this year with Hambleton leading that effort with four picks, one pick-6. Lucas Lieferman, DB, has two picks on the season.