Football: WEEK 6 PREVIEW

Greene County heads to Boone to take on district-leading Toreadors


Sports Editor



The Ram football team (0-5, 0-3) will have its hands full when they visits Boone Friday night in a district two matchup. The Toreadors (4-1, 3-0) are the lone undefeated team in the district and are fresh off a 35-15 dismantling of then No. 8 Gilbert. 

Greene County fell at home to Iowa Falls-Alden, 28-13 Friday, Sept. 23 for their third straight district loss. 

Senior quarterback Tanner Schminke poses to be Boone’s biggest offensive threat, as he ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns in addition to 143 yards and one touchdown through the air in the Toreadors’ week six victory. 

“Boone is going to give us a little bit of a different look but we will use the things that worked well last week,” said Greene County head coach Dean Lansman. “They are a well-balanced team. Going into the season, I thought they would have one of the better offenses coming back with the skill kids they had. And it’s showing a little bit. I felt the game they had against Gilbert was a breakout for them”

Schminke has provided a dual-threat option all season long, tallying 699 passing yards and eight touchdowns through the air and seven touchdowns and 441 yards on the ground. 

Boone averages 29 points per game putting up 76 points in the last two games alone. Schminke has completed at least 13 passes to three different receivers and often looks to dump the ball off to junior Mason Hulse, who has caught three touchdowns and compiled 203 yards. 

Tailbacks Eli Johnson and Kaden Sherrard have combined to rush for 633 yards and four touchdowns to form a formidable backfield duo.  

“They are going to more than likely spread us out,” Lansman said. “They’ve shown three or four different looks in their games but I think they are going to want to establish the run, which will open up their passing game. 

They’ve got a very mobile quarterback (Schminke) and he’s been playing it for three years. We just can’t give up the big plays.”

The Toreador defense has been stout as of late as well, allowing just 21 total points over the last three games, all wins. Boone has forced 10 turnovers so far and is led by defensive lineman Colbey Wadsworth, who has recorded 34 tackles and seven tackles for loss. The Toreadors like to get pressure on the quarterback as Eli Johnson has recorded five sacks while Kade Morain has tallied four sacks. As a team, Boone has sacked opposing quarterbacks 15 times.

“They are going to be solid defensively,” Lansman said. “They play a four-man front like we do and pretty much the same defense. They will try to eliminate our run game and make us put the ball in the air and move it down the field.”

Since their season-opening loss to Creston (28-7), Boone has run off four straight victories to take sole possession of the district lead. 

Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Goeppinger Field in Boone. 

“I’m looking forward to it and the kids are, too after last week,” Lansman said. “We’ve lost two heart-breakers in a row (at home) so it’d be great to go on the road and pick up a win against a team like Boone.” 

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