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Friday night at 7 p.m. the Raiders and Cardinals will face off in Clarinda.
Clarinda comes into the bout with a record of 4-2 after winning four straight non-district wins before losing to Panorama and Adair Casey-Guthrie Center.
The Raiders enter the contest 5-1 after falling to Panorama last week in a turnover filled, 14-6 loss.
In what will be their 15th meeting, the Raiders hold a 9-5 edge in the series.
The first win for Mount Ayr came in 1933 in a 39-0 victory.
The teams didn’t meet again until the 1940s with Mount Ayr coming out ontop in 1944, ‘45 and ‘46. In 1947, Clarinda picked up a 7-6 win before splitting contests in 1948 and ‘49.
The teams didn’t meet again for 51 years until 2000 when Clarinda saw victory and again in 2001 before Mount Ayr took a 15-14 overtime win in 2002.
In their last meeting in 2018, the teams found themselves back in the same district after non-district games in 2012 and 2013. Mount Ayr took the win last season, 28-6.
Clarinda is coached by first year head coach Collin Bevins. Bevins was a standout Northwest State University Bearcat defensive lineman, winning national championships in 2015 and 2016. Bevins went undrafted in the NFL but later got the call from the Arizona Cardinals before being shipped to another NFL team and a short stint with the Iowa Barnstormers.
Bevins has coached the Cardinals to utilize a power running attack.
945 of their 1,237 yards have come on the ground, averaging nearly four yards per rush.
Runningback Connor Brown leads the Cardinal attack with 603 yards on 141 attempts. Quarterback Michael Shull is the second leading rusher with 271 yards on 59 carries.
Shull has completed 20 of 56 passes for 292 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and five interceptions this year.
Schull’s leading receivers are Nathan Lindsay with eight catches for 122 yards and Cole Ridnour with eight catches for 111 yards.
Unsurprisngly, the Cardinal defensive front has been the foundation of the defense this year, as Bevins was a defensive standout. Clarinda uses a four man front and plays very aggressively.
Defensive tackle Logan Green has 18 solo tackles with 22 assists and has been in on 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Linebacker Dagen Price has eight tackles with 44 assists and the Carindals have forced nine turnovers through six games thus far, including three interceptions from Shull to lead the catergory.