Central Lakes (10-0) will have its biggest test this week against North Dakota School of Science (9-1).
The two teams look almost identical on paper. CLC’s strength is that they are balanced offensively and defensively. They can run and pass, as well as stop the both the pass and run.
NDSCS also has a very balanced offensive attack. However, their defense lacks in the secondary. They allow 261.7 passing yards a game, compared to the Raiders who only allow 201.6. NDSCS is the only team in MCAC who averages more yards then CLC per game. Good thing defense wins championships and offense just sells tickets.
If CLC wants to win this one, they are going to have to put together their best performance, because NDSCS is far better than any team they’ve played. Despite the Wildcats losing to Dakota College 30-27 in week 6, they are indeed a scholarship school and have a high level of talent on their roster. CLC defeated Dakota College in week two 51-26. The two teams should be well prepared for each other so it should be an exciting low scoring game.
The Raider #1 ranked defense will be anchored by their ball hawking secondary. It is important that they forced some turnovers and just be solid as usual. Wildcats Quarterback Malik Gallard likes to throw it deep. He has 12 passing touchdowns compared to just one interception on the season. His favorite target Damario Armstrong was also his receiver in high school at Osseo Senior High, where they won the 6A state champion in 2015. Armstrong has six receiving touchdowns on the season which ranks top 25 in the nation. Look for the Kyree McLean – Damario Armstrong matchup. It will be a guaranteed good one.