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East Mills locks up district second seed

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The East Mills football team posted it’s third shutout of the season and rushed for 367 yards in a 66-0 victory over West Monona in the regular-season finale for both teams in Class A, District 8 on Friday.

“This was one of those games we knew if we took care of business we could get the win,” said East Mills coach Andy Irwin.

With the victory the Wolverines (7-2) wrap up the No. 2 spot in District 8. East Mills will host Woodward-Granger in the Wednesday’s opening round of the playoffs. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. in Malvern.

East Mills’ shutout of West Monona was their second straight over a district opponent following last week’s 32-0 win over Griswold. It was also the second straight start for quarterback Logan Currin after missing his previous three starts with a shoulder injury. Currin threw for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 7-of-11 passing.

The 6-foot, 150-pound junior gives the Wolverine offense the balance Irwin strives for.

“We knew we can run the ball effectively but to have him  out there it really makes us more of a dual threat – we can run the ball and pass the ball,” Irwin said. “He’s just done such a good job of not just hitting the short passes but he’s also been very accurate on the long passes.”

East Mills finished with 517 total yards, 367 of which came on the ground. Tailback Colby Jennings led the Wolverines ground attack with 155 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Josh Hopkins added 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“We try to be as balanced as we can but if a team is trying to take away our run game, we feel like we can pass. If they try and take away the pass, we feel like to can run the ball. That’s our goal in being balanced and it’s worked out well for us.”

The East Mills’ defense forced seven turnovers (three fumbles and four interceptions), including a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Sam Rew.