FCS MVFC Week 11 Preview by Matt Anzio
Indiana State 3-6 at Northern Iowa 6-3
Despite being just 3-6 the Sycamores have been in quite a few of their losses. They fight their conference opponents hard.
When QB Ryan Boyle went down with a season ending injury. A dual threat senior coming off a junior year where many thought they were robbed of a playoff berth. But, Sophomore QB Kurtis Wilderman had to step in & has had his moments. He has some good weapons but is under a lot of pressure at times. Last week, Indiana State used there big Senior Wideout Dominique Dafney as a power back. He scored 2 rushing TD’s. While, Junior RB Peterson Kerlegrand has been good.
Meanwhile, Northern Iowa behind the arm & legs of Freshman QB Will McElvain are looking like contenders at the moment. McElvain had 3 TD’s and 1 INT last week against a top 5 ranked Redbird team. Junior WR Issiah Weston has been exciting, making huge plays every week, and racking up big yardage. Wide Reciever Junior Suni Lane had 2 TD’s last week, while Senior Jaylin James had the other.
The Panthers D had 3 INT’s last week against the Redbirds. The two interceptions where by Freshman DB Omar Brown while the other one was from Senior DB Christian Jegan. First year Kicker Matthew Cook is having a nice year making multiple kicks every week. They seem to be clicking on all 3 phases right now. They should beat Indiana State convincingly after beating a very talented Illinois State team last Saturday.
When this season started, I did not know who the Panthers Quarterback was going to be. I did not want to go on National radio without a name. So I searched the depths of the internet, and low & behold some little Iowa local paper named McElvain the starter. I have been saying his name, talking about his outstanding play, ever since. He does a great job spreading the ball around to multiple pass catchers like Weston, Lane & Graham. He is able to get backs involved like Hoosman, Graham & Trevor Allen. Mark Farley really has this team heading in the right direction. The future looks bright up in Des Moines, Iowa.
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