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October 24, 2013

Bulldogs play Hoover for postseason berth

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"He's a very good quarterback and they have some very good receivers and their scheme is really good," Pfantz said.

One of Larsen's favorite targets is Dejorian Thedford, who has made 30 receptions for 595 yards and five touchdown passes this season. He averages about a 20 yards per catch. Another popular passing option for the Huskies' quarterback has been Kalen Toliver, who has made 33 grabs for 535 yards and three touchdowns. Other receivers who have played a role in Hoover's offensive success this season include Nic Snider and Colton Black. Snider has caught 24 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns and Blackford has caught 23 passes for 257 yards.

The Huskies' run game has played a much smaller role in Hoover's offensive success. Husky Terion Farely has rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns on 49 carries and Logan Pifer has rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. Although Hoover was on the receiving end of a severe shellacking by the Maroon's last week, the Huskies' did receive some solid outings from a few of their players. Larsen completed 19 of 31 passes for 276 yards and Thedford made four catches for 118 yards. Billy Davis amassed a team-high seven tackles in the game, and he leads the squad with 36 tackles on the year.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Cox enters today's game after he passed the 1,000 yard rushing mark last week against the Jaguars. If Cox can replicate or exceed his performance last week —he rushed for two touchdowns and 145 yards on 17 carries —the Bulldogs' chances of picking up a victory will greatly increase. Bowling also will try to build on his performance last week — he caught four passes for 125 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown.

In addition, Greg Howard will continue to play his role as the Bulldogs' passing quarterback, while Ottumwa's other quarterback Andrew Altfillisch will use his speed to give the Bulldogs another potent threat out of the backfield.

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