In other area games, Southwest Valley looks to right the ship after last week’s 30-26 loss to Sidney.
The Timberwolves play host to Nishnabotna in the first homecoming game for Southwest Valley.
Southwest Valley enters Friday’s contest averaging 375 rushing yards per game, led by Zach Barton’s 366 yards. Jordan Stuart has rushed for 287 yards, Gunnar McCuen 231 yards and Tyler Bissell 197 yards. All four are averaging at least 7.0 yards per carry.
Nishnabotna enters the contest 0-3 for the season and 0-2 in the district. Nishnabotna has lost to Stanton, Sidney and CAM. The Timberwolves are currently 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Eight-Man District 8.
East Union, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in Eight-Man District 6, hosts Twin Cedars on Friday. The Sabers come in with a 3-0 record overall and 2-0 in District 5.
The Eagles are led by Mike Ward’s 160 rushing yards, while Jonathan Weis has run for 120 yards.
Twin Cedars, meanwhile, relies heavily on senior Brent Parker’s throwing arm. Parker is 41-of-65 passing this season for 800 yards and 16 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions.
Four Saber receivers have caught at least eight passes, with each of them topping 135 yards and three touchdowns.
Murray, 2-1 overall and 2-0 in District 6, travels to Grandview Park Baptist. The Defenders come in with a 1-2 record overall and 1-1 record in District 6.
The Mustangs are led by Andrew Rider, who has scored a touchdown in just about every way imagineable this year. Rider has 310 rushing yards, and has scored touchdowns by rushing, receiving, interception return, kickoff return and punt return this year.
The Defenders lost to Coon Rapids-Bayard and Lamoni before picking up a 33-28 win over Mormon Trail.
In Class 1A, No. 2-ranked Mount Ayr (2-0) travels to Clarinda to take on the 0-2 Cardinals, fresh off a 42-10 loss at Creston/Orient-Macksburg last week.
Mount Ayr’s stingy defense, which has allowed just 13 points and 211 rushing yards in two games this year, will try to slow down Clarinda’s single wing offense.
Quarterback Jacob Sobotka has 464 total yards through the Raiders’ first two games — 169 yards rushing and 295 yards passing. He’s combined for seven total touchdowns and hasn’t thrown an interception.
Junior Lincoln Martin has proven to be yet another explosive weapon for the Raiders, scoring on a 55-yard shovel pass in the opener against Nodaway Valley and taking the opening kick 85 yards for a score against Bedford last week.
Nodaway Valley, 0-2 overall, opens Class 1A District 8 play against Missouri Valley on Friday.
Missouri Valley also comes into the game with an 0-2 record, losing 40-14 to Logan-Magnolia and 30-20 to West Monona.
Senior tailback Zach Brewer carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns last week for Nodaway Valley, while sophomore Jackson Lamb threw for 151 yards on eight completions.
Michael Stender, TJ Bower and Caleb Mueller are coming off of strong defensive performances against Griswold last week, with 14, 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.
Andrew Rider of Murray (2-1) last week went to a second place tie on career punt returns (nine) and is chasing the record of 11 by Dick Maurer of Prospect, Ore., 1966-69.
He also has six career kick-off returns (tied for third). The national and state leader is Ethan Miller of Seymour with eight. The Mustangs play at 1-2 Grandview Park Baptist, Friday.