Seniors leading the way for undefeated Divide County
The Divide County High School football team has yet to lose a game this season, having won its first five games. The Maroons head coach attributes the winning streak to his seniors.
“They have been starting since their sophomore year and have brought a lot of experience to the table,” DCHS head coach Bob Brown said. “They have worked hard to get stronger and have been a very coachable bunch.”
Part of the experience is senior running back Aidan Eriksmoen. This season, Eriksmoen has ran for 508 yards, averaging about 8 yards per carry.
Another key offensive player has been senior Taylor Landsverk, a wingback for the Maroons. Landsverk has carried for 288 yards so far, averaging 11.5 yards per carry.
These seniors have helped lead the team to five victories and they’re counting on more.
Also, under center for the Maroons’ offense is junior quarterback DeJuan Jenkins, who is 14 for 16 passing for an accuracy of 87.5 percent. Jenkins has thrown for 234 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Last week the Maroons faced Ray-Powers Lake at home, winning by only 12 points at 26-14, making it their closest game of the season. Brown said it was a nice win for the team.
“They have a good, young team,” Brown said. “It wasn’t always pretty, but I was proud of how the players competed and battled against some early adversity.”
The Maroons this season have an average win margin of 34.6, something they hope to carry through this weekend when they face Tioga High School.
“Tioga is a big rival game for us, so we are excited for Friday,” Brown said. “In a rival game you have to throw the records out the window and focus on this being the most important game of the year.”
Brown also said Tioga is a young team showing improvement each week, making this an interesting match-up.
Next week the Maroons face Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood and they defeated Tioga last week by 42 points. So, how the Maroons match-up against Tioga tonight could foreshadow the showdown against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
“MLS is the standard for the region right now, no doubt about it,” Brown said. “They have taken it to us the last couple years and they are loaded again this year. We are excited for the challenge, but we know it will be an uphill battle.”
Going up against MLS can prove how far Divide County has come and how they’ll perform come playoff time.
To prepare, Brown says that they need to be fundamentally sound and execute at a high level.
“You can’t hurt yourself against a good team like that,” said Brown.
Rivalry action between Divide County and Tioga will kick off at 7 p.m. in Tioga.