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After the loss to Van Meter on Friday, the Raiders slipped to 12th in the RPI rankings, just ahead of their final regular season opponents in Adair Casey-Guthrie Center, who sit at 13.
This is only the second time the two teams have met, additionally, never having played Adair-Casey or Guthrie Center in the past before they consolodated into ACGC.
Mount Ayr leads the series 1-0 with Mount Ayr defeating the Chargers 43-14.
The Chargers enter the contest with a 6-2 record, mirroring that of Mount Ayr’s.
Under coach Cody Matthewson, the Charger program has been completely rebuilt, after ACGC won only one game during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2018, Matthewson’s first year, the Chargers won three games.
Coach Matthewson installed the Madrid wishbone offense, a power running attack, in which they have excelled.
The Chargers version features a lot of off-tackle plays and a healthy dose of option as well as some quick hitting traps to the fullback.
So far this season they have 2,902 yards of total offense, most of which have come from their 410 rushing attempts for 2,741 yards. The rest comes from eight pass completions on 20 attempts for 161 yards.
Sophomore Gavin Cornelison leads the rushing attack with 988 yards on 175 carries and 17 touchdowns.
Kolby Jacobe has 811 yards on 80 carries with seven touchdowns.
The Chargers return Bryce Littler under center. The senior has completed eight-of-19 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Lucas Marsh, the tight end, has five receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.
On the defensive side of things, ACGC will throw a four man front at Mount Ayr.
Gavin Cornelison is the leading tackler with 38.5 stops, whereas Quynton Younker has recorded 33 tackles, 11 solo and four of those for a loss.
With 17 turnovers this year, the Chargers look to create disruptions with Lucas Marsh recovering three fumbles and Cayden Jensen with two interceptions.
The Chargers will go for two after scoring touchdowns, as they have not had a successful fieldgoal kick yet this year.
The Raiders will need to fend off the running attack and defeat the Adair Casey-Guthrie Center Chargers in an attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Guthrie Center High School.