ANITA – On paper at least, CAM’s upcoming Iowa eight-man District 7 battle against East Mills should be a bit closer than their previous three contests.

The Cougars, ranked third in the latest AP poll among eight-man teams, have surely been impressive, outscoring their opponents 180-16. Do the math: That’s a 55-point margin of victory each game.

Since 2007, the Cougars are 4-3 against the Wolverines, their last meeting a 57-56 shootout loss coming three years ago. With a couple of exceptions, the two teams’ meetings have been close, regardless of records.

The upshot is, East Mills is likely a better team than their 1-2 record bears out. They lost a rivalry game to Fremont-Mills, 50-25, a week ago.

The Wolverines are led by senior quarterback Jackson Wray, who has 596 total yards – 330 passing, 276 receiving – and has been in on nine of his team’s touchdowns.

Ryan Stortenbecker, a sophomore, is the secondary threat, rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown and receiving for 106. He also is a key member of the defense, with 20.5 tackles, including 2.5 quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.

CAM, meanwhile, pretty much kept things on the ground a week ago on a rainy night in Anita. Lane Spieker rushed the ball 15 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars breezed past East Union 72-0. The Cougars exploded for five touchdowns in the second quarter to go up 46-0 at halftime and cruised to the win.

For the season, the Cougars have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on offense with 1,035 total yards, including an impressive 882 yards on the ground. Spieker’s 389 yards aside, 10 different Cougars have carried the ball this year, meaning coach Barry Bower has lots of capable options to turn to.

Game time is 7 p.m. in Malvern.

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