Prep Football

Class 2 quarterfinal preview: North Callaway at Clark County

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 12:01 am

North Callaway at Clark County

What: Class 2 quarterfinal game

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Clark County High School, Kahoka, Mo.

Radio: KMEM 100.5 FM

Records: North Callaway -- 11-1 (7-0 Eastern Missouri Conference). Clark County -- 8-4 (5-3 Clarence Cannon Conference).

Scouting the Thunderbirds: Seventh-ranked North Callaway has won 11 straight games since losing to Southern Boone in the season-opener 15-12. The Thunderbirds are led by perhaps most of the best backs in Class 1 in Adam Reno. The senior has totaled 2,003 rushing yards -- averaging 182.1 per game -- and 31 touchdowns in 11 games. He ran for a season-high 337 yards in a 48-7 victory over Bowling Green on Oct. 6, and he scored six touchdowns in a 46-8 victory over Hallsville in the district semifinals. North Callaway is also capable of moving the ball in the air as quarterback Tully Thomsen has thrown for 1,141 yards and 19 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Dawson Wright is the Thunderbirds' best option at wide receiver with 359 yards on 12 catches and eight scores.

Scouting the Indians: Clark County extended its winning streak to seven games after knocking off Palmyra 20-16 on the road in the Class 2 District 6 championship game. That came on the heels of upsetting top-seeded Macon in the semifinals. The Indians' defense has played a large factor in that with nine takeaways in the last two games. Against Palmyra, Clark County recovered three fumbles and picked off two passes. On the flip side, Clark County hasn't given the ball away on offense. Caleb Lapsley has turned into Clark County's feature back, and produced with a 123-yard game and a touchdown against Palmyra. Quarterback London Brunk completed 9 of 15 passes for 215 yards, and four of those passes went to Zeb Riney, who racked up 109 yards.

--Mat Mikesell