HC football: Panthers, Tigers look to RPI for help

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Keontae Luckett (pictured) and New London will head to English Valleys in hopes of keeping their playoff dreams alive.
GTNS file photo Keontae Luckett (pictured) and New London will head to English Valleys in hopes of keeping their playoff dreams alive.

One week after the dust settled from a crazy week of football, three teams will be back at it and two will sit home with a bye week.

Mt. Pleasant and New London still have postseason hopes, although both squads may have to rely on the RPI to get into the field. Both the Panthers and Tigers are coming off losses in marquee games last Saturday. Winfield-Mt. Union will be looking to bounce back after a rivalry loss at WACO, and both Iowa Wesleyan and WACO are on bye.

MT. PLEASANT @ FT. MADISON — The Panthers put a huge scare into heavily-favored Solon last Friday night, and that may have alerted their final two opponents of the year, Ft. Madison and Washington.

Mt. Pleasant will play Ft. Madison in their final road game of the regular season. The Bloodhounds began the year 2-0 but have struggled mightily in their last five games.

Not only is Ft. Madison on a five-game losing streak, but the Hounds have scored only 27 total points in those contests, maxing out with 14 points against Fairfield.

Ft. Madison has gained the majority of their yards through the air this season. Senior quarterback Lennon Barker has thrown for 1,168 yards and three touchdowns this year. He’s also been picked off five times.

Barker has also rushed for four of the Hounds’ nine touchdowns this year. Kali Maestro (242 yards, one touchdown) and Diego Lozano (191 yards, three touchdowns).

NO. 8 NEW LONDON @ ENGLISH VALLEYS — For New London to get back into the district championship conversation, they need to win out and get a little help at the end of the season.

The Tigers are currently tied for second with H-L-V, a team it crushed in the first game of the season. H-L-V could force a three-way tie if they beat Iowa Valley at the end of the season, and that would automatically push all three teams into the playoffs as long as there are plenty of spots open.

But to get to that point, the Tigers need to take care of business in their last two games, the first of which comes at English Valleys.

EV is in their toughest stretch of the year, getting housed 80-20 by Iowa Valley two weeks ago and 46-0 by H-L-V last season.

EV does sport a nice running game, however. Cooper Andreassen has rushed for 911 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, and Caleb Peach has rushed for 507 yards and seven scores.

A prolific Tiger offense should have plenty of space to run in. EV has given up at least 46 points in four of their last five games.

WINFIELD-MT. UNION VS. LONE TREE — Winfield-Mt. Union has a winnable game this week as they head home to host a two-win Lone Tree team.

The Lions were one of the district favorites in preseason but haven’t fared well against a tough league. They beat Montezuma 36-25 in the second week and are coming off a 57-0 shutout of Tri-County.

The Wolves will have to slow down a tough passing attack. Lone Tree quarterback Harmon Miller has thrown for 886 yards and nine touchdowns this year, and has only thrown for four interceptions.

It will be the Wolves’ final game of the season. W-MU has a bye on the very last week, so football season wlll come to an end in Winfield after the final buzzer rings on Friday night.

W-MU and New London will both kick off at 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 12. Mt. Pleasant is scheduled to kick off around 7:15 p.m.