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September 26, 2013

No. 6 (2A) Albia looks to avenge after first test

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“It wasn’t too hard to get the guys ready,” Staton said. “Homecoming isn’t my favorite time of the year, but Bondurant-Farrar kept us from being district champs last year. I think the guys are definitely ready for this one.”

Bondurant-Farrar enters tonight’s game in Monroe County with a 3-1 record, losing its only close game of the year in a game that was also decided by less than a field goal as North Polk won a 35-33 thriller on the opening Friday of the year. Like last year, the Blue Bombers are a team that primarily focuses on picking up offense through the versatility of its quarterback, Drake Fuller, while opening up holes for the running game led by Grant Petersen.

Last year, senior Colton Halder rushed the ball 30 times against Albia for 206 yards while scoring three times in the contest. Petersen, meanwhile, has carried the ball for 599 yards and nine scores through four games as Bondurant-Farrar has kept the same philosophy on offense while coming up with a new way of establishing the attack.

“I don’t think they’re as big as they were last year, but they are quicker,” Staton said of the Blue Bombers. “It doesn’t change how we need to stop them. “The important thing for our guys is to complete their assignment. When you stay in your assignment, good things can happen.”

“We just need to be the best Albia we can be.”

The Blue Demons will also be hoping to establish a new benchmark for perfect starts. After surviving at Davis County last week, Albia started 4-0 for the third consecutive year under Staton.

Getting past Friday’s game, however, would truly set up the Blue Demons for what could be a very big year moving forward.

“It’s a very tough stretch of the district. We’ve been 4-0 in the district in the past and stumbled in that fifth game,” Staton said. “We had Mediapolis down two years ago and lost on a late interception. Last year Bondurant-Farrar got us. It would be a long time coming to get Albia to 5-0 is we can get that done.”

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