Tigers look to regain winning ways in homecoming match with Hempstead


The Tigers take to the field tonight for homecoming after their loss last week to Cedar Rapids Prairie 21-34.  

In that last game, senior Ryan Ostrich ran for 224 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He had two touchdowns that game and now has eight on the season.  

“This summer was a grind,” he said. “Less hanging out and more work.” Ostrich practiced most of the summer, sacrificing hanging out with friends so that he could work out. “Put in the work, get your footwork done, get strong and agile,” he said.  

Cedar Falls has a run-based offense, so Ostrich gets the ball a lot. He is No. 4 in Iowa for rushing yards with 675. 

“Yeah, it’s pretty exciting. A lot of fun, getting to carry the ball often,” he said.  

In the passing game, junior Trey Campbell and senior Daniel Hutchins are leading the team in receiving yards. 

On Friday, the Tigers play the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs (2-1).  They are a very pass-oriented team. Their quarterback, Aiden Dunne, has thrown for 543 yards on the season on 42 completions. 

His main target is Hempstead’s star wide receiver, Jackson Ostrander.  Ostrander has 235 receiving yards and one touchdown, but offense sells tickets, and defense wins championships.  

Cedar Falls has five interceptions on the season and 12 tackles for loss. Senior Eli Mickey has 19 solo tackles, one interception, and five tackles for loss. 

On the other side of the football, Dubuque has five solo tackles and an interception taken back for a touchdown. 

Dubuque also has a lot of players that play different positions. Dunne is the Mustang’s starting quarterback, but he also plays defense.

 He has five solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He also has a fumble recovery and an interception. This year’s homecoming starts at 7 p.m. in Dome on Friday, Sept. 18.


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