In what head coach Andy Irwin called his team’s most “complete” performance of the season the East Mills football team rang up 536 yards of total offense in a 60-18 victory over Nishnabotna on Friday.
“We knew this would be a tough game and the kids knew it and we could not have predicted the kids were going to come out and play the way they did,” said Irwin. “We were very surprised with the outcome of the game with our total offense and how our defense played. This was a complete game for us.”
So was this the Wolverines’ most complete game this season?
“I would think so,” said Irwin. “We were able to run the ball and pass the ball. Defensively we held them. If they wanted to run double-win or spread us out we were able to stop it. We were right where we needed to be. It was just a very complete game for us.”
The Wolverines’ 536 yards were a season-high.
Quarterback Luke Schafer once again led the potent Wolverine offensive attack, completing 15-of-20 passes for 228 yards and five touchdown passes. He added another 164 yards rushing on 12 carries and two more scores. In his last three games Schafer has completed 30-of-39 passes for 585 yards and 14 touchdowns without an interception.
“One of the things we’ve talked about with him is if one or two guys aren’t open to run with it and he wants to hold the ball a little longer and try and find the open receiver,” said Irwin. “But when his first and second receiver wasn’t open he took off running. That was big for us because they were blitzing. And we ran a little more option with him this game and that worked well for us.”
Schafer also added eight tackles and picked off a pass on defense.
Daniel Duysen snagged six of Schafer’s passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns.
Nishnabotna was the third straight opponent the Wolverines have held under 100 yards rushing.
With the win the Wolverines have wrapped up no less than third place in the district with a shot still remaining at the district title with two games remaining in the regular season.
“Obviously, we still have F-M (Fremont-Mills) which is a very good, tough team,” said Irwin. “If we can come out with a win in that game it still might come down to points on the district title so it’s any body’s guess how (the district) will come out.”