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Tigers aim to slow down Wildcats

JANESVILLE — The New London football team has made it to the Round of 16 all four years under head coach Mark McSorley, three of which have come in the Tigers’ only three seasons in Class 8-Man. The Tigers’ head coach enters Friday’s game with a 1-2 record in the Round of 16, with the one win coming in the Tigers’ 2018 state championship run.

On Friday night in Janesville, New London will try and add another knotch on its belt. After breezing through its first two playoff games, New London faces its toughest challenge yet.

Janesville, ranked No. 10 in The Gazette poll and unranked in the Associated Press, has one of the top offenses in the state of Iowa. The Wildcats lead all of Class 8-Man with 4,623 yards this season and lead the entire state of Iowa with 76 touchdowns.

Janesville senior running back Carson Pariseau is third in Class 8-Man with 30 rushing touchdowns. Junior quarterback Leo Dodd has passed for 1349 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Tiger offense may have to score in bunches to keep up with the heavily-powered Wildcats. Sophomore quarterback Blaise Porter has ran for 1,251 yards and 23 touchdowns, and has also passed for 357 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.

The Wildcats come in to the game with an 8-1 record. New London is 7-1. Both teams have only lost to ranked teams.

Two teams enter and one team will walk out with a shot at the state title. The winner will face either No. 1 Don Bosco or Tripoli next Friday.