Monarch Football Preview
Storm Lake (4-2, 1-1) at Denison-Schleswig (4-2, 1-1)
Friday, October 11, 7 p.m.
Monarch Starting Lineup
LWR – #14 Nyamlell Wakoson, Sr., 5-11, 155
LT – #66 Goanar Biliew, Sr., 6-7, 220
LG – #67 Joe Graeve, Jr., 6-3, 275
C – #62 Michael Madeira, Jr., 6-0, 280
RG – #65 Vernon Diaz, SR., 5-8, 205
RT – #57 Carter Weiss, Jr., 6-0, 270
RWR – #1 Jack Mendlik, Sr., 5-9, 140
TB – #21 Terrance Weah, Sr., 5-8, 205
QB – #4 Carter Wessel, Jr., 6-3, 175
FB – # 32 Wyatt Kaub, Sr., 5-10, 185
TE – #87 Austin Korner, Sr., 6-2, 215
Punter – #6 Evan Turin, Jr., 6-2, 170
Kicker/PAT – #25 Kevin Corona, Sr., 5-8, 140
DT – Korner
DN – Diaz
DT – Biliew
QLB – #22 Elijah Rangel, Sr., 6-0, 155
MLB – #5 Nathan Gallup, Jr., 6-0, 210
MLB – Kaub
SLB – Weah
LCB – #24 Emigdio Gutierrez, Sr., 5-10, 155
RCB – Mendlik
FS - #2 Damien Magnuson, Sr., 6-1, 175
R – Turin
Two teams with identical records will hook up on Friday night when Denison-Schleswig hosts Storm Lake in the Monarchs’ homecoming contest at Denison at 7 p.m.
The two teams had different outcomes a week ago in Class 3A, District 1 competition.
D-S was a 20-14 winner in double overtime against Sioux City Heelan at Sioux City, while Storm Lake was shut out 28-0 at Spencer.
The one district loss for D-S also was to Spencer, which earned a 34-12 win over the Monarchs on September 27 at Denison.
D-S won last year’s meeting with Storm Lake, beating the Tornadoes on their home field by a 28-14 tally.
Storm Lake Notes:
Storm Lake began the season with three consecutive non-district victories over Cherokee (41-6), Alta-Aurelia (25-10) and Humboldt (26-15). The Tornadoes then dropped a 48-26 decision to Odebolt-Arthur/BC-IG in their final non-district contest.
Storm Lake opened 3A, District 1 action on Sept. 27 and came away with a 36-30 victory over Le Mars at Storm Lake.
The Tigers then lost at Spencer a week ago.
Storm Lake has outscored its opponents, 154-137, averaging 25.7 points per game and allowing 22.8 points per contest.
As a team, Storm Lake is averaging 353.2 total yards per game, including 283 yards rushing with 19 TDs and 70.2 yards passing with 4 TD throws on the year.
Directing Storm Lake is sophomore quarterback David Soto, who has completed 32-of-62 passes for 421 yards with four TD throws and two interceptions on the season.
Soto was just 3-of-9 for 33 yards passing in last week’s loss at Spencer.
The Tornadoes feature a balanced rushing attack with four athletes having 70-plus carries and over 300 yards apiece.
Leading the way is junior Ben Raveling, who has carried the ball 76 times for 429 yards with a team-high seven rushing TDs.
Raveling ran eight times for 36 yards against Spencer last week.
Senior Colton Dreith is second in rushing with 68 attempts for 424 yards and one TD.
Dreith ran the ball 11 times against Spencer for 38 yards.
Senior Kole Wiegert owns 89 rushes for 403 yards with five scores to his credit. He ran nine times a week ago for 12 yards.
Soto also has 304 yards rushing on 74 carries with four rushing TDs on the year. He ran 16 times for 53 yards a week ago.
Junior Jailen Hansen leads all Tornado receivers with 18 receptions for 269 yards and three TDs. He had two catches for 33 yards in last week’s game at Spencer.
Dreith leads Storm Lake defensively with 40 solo tackles and 16 assists. Senior Tate Mattson is second with 27 solos and eight assists.
Chad Van Kley’s D-S squad will head into Friday’s homecoming contest riding a lot of momentum after last week’s double-overtime victory against Sioux City Heelan.
The Monarchs have outscored their opponents, 196-130, averaging 32.7 points per game and allowing 21.7 points per outing.
As a team, D-S is averaging 336.8 yards per game, including 218.3 yards rushing with 21 TDs on the ground and 118.5 yards passing per contest with seven TD throws on the season.
Junior Carter Wessel will get his third varsity start at quarterback against Storm Lake.
Wessel has completed 11-of-30 passes for 102 yards with one TD throw and one interception on the year.
Wessel was 2-of-11 for 15 yards with an interception in last week’s game against Heelan.
Senior Terrance Weah has been the workhorse on the ground for D-S, having carried the ball 88 times for 760 yards with a team-high 10 rushing TDs on the year.
Weah ran the ball 16 times for 106 yards with two TDs of 46 and 8 yards against Heelan. His eight-yarder was the game-winning score in double overtime.
Senior fullback Wyatt Kaub owns 56 rushes for 222 yards and three TDs on the year. He ran 16 times for 71 yards with a 3-yard TD run in the first overtime against Heelan.
Senior tight end Austin Korner leads all Monarch receivers with nine catches for 212 yards and one TD. Weah is second with eight grabs for 112 yards and three TDs.
Weah leads the team in scoring with 78 points.
Defensively, junior linebacker Nathan Gallup leads in tackles with 16 solos and 23 assists. Junior Evan Turin owns 17 solos and 17 assists. Weah is third with 15 solos and eight assists, while senior Vernon Diaz is fourth with 11 solos and 15 assists.
Seniors Jack Mendlik and Emigdio Gutierrez each have two pass interceptions. Six others all have one pick.
Six different Monarchs have recovered a fumble.
Senior Kevin Corona is 23-of-24 on PAT kicks.
Turin has punted 16 times for an average of 37 yards per punt.
Comments from Van Kley:
Storm Lake runs the double-wing offense and will look to run the ball first.
Their quarterback runs well and they have three or four quality running backs that can hurt you if you let them. They really like to spread the ball around, so we'll have to be disciplined which is something we talk about each week.
They will pass and when they do, it's usually the Hansen kid that you have to watch. He's a talented receiver.
Storm Lake runs a 4-4 defense and really has a lot of pre-snap movement. We will just have to trust our assignments in our run game and lean heavily on blocking our assignments instead of just blocking guys.
I like where we are going. I liked how the guys bounced back with a big win over Heelan a week ago after the loss to Spencer. Heelan might be down a little bit, but anytime you can go on the road and beat a team like Heelan on their home field, you have to feel pretty good about that.
It's another big game for our guys. Storm Lake is really becoming a rivalry game for us and we know it's going to be a challenge.
We know the weather calls for cold weather, but hopefully that doesn't keep the fans away because we're going to need them in this one.
D-S will play its final home game of the 2019 regular season next Friday night, as the Monarchs will host Sergeant Bluff-Luton in another key District 1 game at Denison.
SB-L (5-1, 2-0) hosts Spencer on Friday night in a District 1 clash at Sergeant Bluff.
Storm Lake, meanwhile, returns home next Friday night to host Sioux City Heelan in district action.