Winless and dangerous

LEE NAVIN/PHOTOS FOR THE REGISTER Indianola junior running back Matt Mitchell (#16) heads upfield.

A team without a win is a dangerous team. They’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose.

A team in the CIML Central without a win is traditionally better than their record indicates. The Indianola Indians do have two wins this season on the field, but they were taken away for something off the field.

Regardless, they play in a tough conference, have played everyone tough, but haven’t gotten over the hump in their 0-7 season.

Cue the upset alert music.

Last season the Indians shocked Ankeny in a conference game. Will the Dowling Catholic Maroons be this year’s Ankeny for Coach Eric Kluver‘s squad?

MICHAEL ROLANDS/RECORD-HERALD ST Indianola senior quarterback Kale Render stiff arms Southeast Polk senior Mike Pavon during the first half of an Oct. 7 game in Indianola. Southeast Polk defeated Indianola, 31-7.

They are led by a senior quarterback, Kale Render. He’s 43-94 for 616 yards 6 TDs and 7 INts passing. His rushing stats are 54 carries, 203 yards and 3 TDs.

Senior RB Kody Foust gets the majority if the carries in the offense. He’s had 105 rushes worth 362 yards, 6 TDs, and two catches for 13 yards. Matt Mitchell also has 33 carries and 181 yards.

Render’s targets in the passing game include TE Dylan Rankin (24-390), WR Chris Henry (7-108) and sophomore Joey Gioffredi, (6-56).

The offensive line is big in size Blake Beard 6’2″ 256, Dan Moline 6’2″ 215, Grant Beeler 6’4″ 220, Keegan Render 6’3″ 310 and Don Dawson 6’1″ 276. Keegan is a sophomore and the brother of QB Kale.

Defensively the Indians feature Kyle Coghlan at the end position. He leads the team in tackles with 56, 26 of them solo stops. He plays the mike linebacker position even though he’s only 6’1″ 180 pounds. Coghlan played mostly JV last season as a junior as Brandon Abernathy was in that spot. Now its Kyle’s chance to play and he’s making the most of it.

The Indians are small in numbers with 20 seniors, 13 juniors and 4 sophomores on the varsity roster. Coach Kluver knows when you pull of sophomores it can have a lasting impact on your program. Many players will line up on both sides of the of the ball. Blake Beard, Don Dawson are in the lineup. But Dan Moline and Grant Beeler have played a lot of snaps this season as well.

Indianola held Southeast Polk to seven first half points last week before losing 31-7. The Indians led Johnston at half before dropping the contest 14-7. Coach Kluver says both games his team was in position to score several times, but just couldn’t punch it in for points.

The Maroons come off a 27-14 win last week against Johnston. We go on the air on 1150 KWKY at 6p with kickoff scheduled for 730p. The game will also stream at KWKY.com and look for updates on our Twitter feed of @KWKYSports.

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