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MHS Football: Breaking down Waterloo East
August 1, 2014 - Troy Hyde
The Marshalltown football team is less than a month away from kicking off the 2014 season against Waterloo East at Leonard Cole Field. I will break down all nine of the Bobcats opponents. Here is a look at Waterloo East.
Last Year: 0-9
All-Time Series: Waterloo East leads 29-13-1
Last Meeting: 1990, Marshalltown won 35-28 in double overtime
The Trojans were shut out three times and scored in single digits six times during the 2013 season, including the final four contests.
The closest they came to a win was the 27-12 defeat they suffered against Dubuque Wahlert in the season opener and the Trojans scored just 75 points over the nine games.
The Trojans’ top rusher from last year – DeShay Wright (286 yards) – is gone and the top returner is senior-to-be James Carter, who tallied 95 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries last season. Carter also was the team’s leading tackler last year with 52.
Senior quarterback John Magnuson also returns this season after throwing for 1,109 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions last season. Darren Scott, who also will be a senior, also was 16-of-41 for 213 yards and four interceptions in 2013.
Magnuson’s top target is expected to be returner Javon Middleton, who caught 45 passes for 642 yards and five scores as a sophomore last year. Graduated senior Timoz Buford caught 20 passes but no other Trojan hauled in more than eight catches a year ago.
The top eight tacklers on the defense return in 2014. After Carter’s 52 tackles was Scott’s 50. He also had one of the squad’s two interceptions for the year.
The Trojans did not make a single PAT last year but senior-to-be Thomas Hall was 1-for-2 in field-goal attempts. Waterloo East’s best punt traveled just 39 yards. Magnuson averaged 34.5 yards per punt and his long was 38.
Waterloo East completed just 46 percent of its passes, averaged 2.5 yards per rush and just 4.5 yards per play.
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