Just five nights earlier, however, Albia’s defense looked like it could be run on with Louisa-Muscatine senior back Blake Kemp ran for 192 yards in the Blue Demons opening-round contest. The Blue Demons countered on a rainy Wednesday night by not allowing a pass completion and forced two fumbles to blunt potential scoring drives by L&M.
"(Louisa-Muscatine) runs the double wing and there's a lot of motion and on every play. There are four backs who could get the ball, so it's very deceptive and very deceiving,” Albia head coach Jerry Staton said. “They ran it well and they had the perfect field for it — this mushy, wet field we had. So we had to come back and really play hard to get it under control.”
For Albia’s part, the offense of the Blue Demons hasn’t been one-dimensional at all in the postseason. Schultz had 338 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first two postseason victories in program history for Albia, but senior quarterback Brett Leshen proved on Monday against Mid-Prairie that lining up to stop the run for opposing defenses can be just as fatal.
Leshen hit Zach Hugen four times on Monday for 86 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes that came on fourth down which proved to make a huge difference in Albia’s 10-point win.
"I told them I was very proud of them, because they’ve had to take down two very tough opponents,” Staton said. "I'm proud of the way we play. Our kids are very sportsmanlike in the way they play. We don't cheap shot, we don't jabber at the people. There are lots of ways of winning and it's not always on the scoreboard and our kids are winners not just on the scoreboard and I'm proud of that and want that to continue.”