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Sgt. Bluff-Luton prepares for playoff test against Carlisle

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) — In 2015, Sgt. Bluff-Luton made it to the UNI-Dome for the first time. Last season the Warriors were back in the semi-finals. Now, SBL starts the playoffs favored to get to Cedar Falls again.

The Warriors open the playoffs on Friday at home against Carlisle. SBL is ranked seventh with an 8-1 record, with an eight-game winning streak.

This will be a contrast in styles. The Warriors are second in Class 3A in passing yards, while Carlisle is sixth in rushing yards. SBL quarterback Daniel Wright has thrown 24 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.

“We had a lot of new starters, a lot of guys who are kind of new to varsity football,” said Wright. “I think they’ve gained some more experience and that’s been really important for them. They’re really paying attention to the details of the game.”

“Our quarterback, we’re very grateful for him,” said senior Deric Fitzgerald. “He can hit our passes perfectly and I just think our whole offense is complete so that helps us out a lot.”

Carlisle is unranked at 7-2 but their only two losses are to top ten teams. The Wildcats lost to Lewis Central by ten points, that’s the same team that beat SBL by 28 in week one. That has the Warriors attention.

“We learned being the hammer’s a lot more fun than being the nail. That’s what we learned in that game,” said Sgt. Bluff-Luton head coach Justin Smith. “We’ve got another tough test on Friday. Carlisle’s a very similar team to Lewis Central, a very big, physical football team so we’re going to have to play really well. If the line’s not protecting, they’re not blocking for you, you’re not running and throwing very well. And then we’ve obviously got some outstanding skill position kids out there.”

Sgt. Bluff-Luton and Carlisle play at 7 o’clock Friday in Sgt. Bluff.

Brad Pautsch

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