Battle for the Rock this Friday
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The Raider football team will head to Greenfield for the annual “Battle for the Rock” contest.
Mount Ayr has won every contest since its inception back in 2012.
Last year, the Raiders defeated Nodaway Valley 28-6 and have a record of 12-1 against the Wolverines.
The contest honors long-time coaches Bob Daut of Greenfield and Dave Still of Mount Ayr.
“Bob and Dave were rock-solid men and coaches who stood the test of time,” said Delwyn Showalter, former Raider head coach. “They were the bedrock of their school and community and they helped young people build a solid foundation for their life.”
Greenfield artist and Iowa legislator, Bubba Sorensen, the creator of the Freedom Rock, designed the trophy for the contest that capture the nature of Still and Daut, along with the rivalry of the contest. Each year, Sorensen paints a new football to sit on top of the trophy.
The Wolverines are currently sitting at 1-1 after falling in a week 0 contest to Southwest Valley on the final drive of the night and defeating West Central Valley 48-0 in week 1.
Coached by Duane Matthess, the Wolverines have thrown the ball 49 times, completed 29 of those for 383 yards and three touchdowns with one interception from quarterback Nathan Russell.
On the ground, the Wolverines have seen 66 total carries for 339 yards and six touchdowns to round out the offense attack.
Leading the rushing is senior Tony Ayase who has carried the ball 31 times for 149 yards and five touchdowns.
The receiving corps is led by Caelen Devault who has 14 receptions for 158 yards.
Boston Devault has caught 11 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown.
The Wolverines have only went after one PAT this season off the foot of Preston Zimmerline, while electing for the two-point conversion the rest of the time.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolverines have recovered two fumbles so far and snagged four interceptions.
They have 10 tackles for loss on the season with two sacks coming from sophomore Avery Phillippi.
Adam Ayase leads the Wolverines in solo tackles with nine total and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Caelen Devault has seven solo tackles but has a total of 12.5, getting in on the action.
The Raiders will see a different style of team than they saw in 2A Albia and coming off a big win over West Central Valley, the Wolverines will be looking to bring home “The Rock” for the first time.