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VBC visits Cardinal homecoming

Van Buren County quarterback Lane Davis pitches the football to Sam Warth on a running play against Sigourney-Keota Friday Sept. 18 at Sigourney. (Jim Johnson/The Union)
Van Buren County quarterback Lane Davis pitches the football to Sam Warth on a running play against Sigourney-Keota Friday Sept. 18 at Sigourney. (Jim Johnson/The Union)

ELDON — It’s rivalry night at Cardinal’s homecoming on Friday when the Comets host Van Buren County in the second-to-last game of the regular season.

The Comets are coming off a tough 44-8 loss against Mediapolis. They come into the game 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district play. The Warriors are 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the district after falling 43-12 to Louisa-Muscatine last Friday.

Cardinal saw the return of starting quarterback Maddux Jones last week. Jones has thrown for 491 yards and seven touchdowns. Blaine Bryant, who started under center in Jones’ absence, still leads the team with 581 yards and six touchdowns.

If VBC wants to pull the upset, they’ll need to stop Comet junior Griffin Greiner, who has been fantastic in the pass-catching game. Greiner comes into the game with 23 catches for 454 yards and six scores.

VBC running back Sam Warth has given the squad a big boost in just his sophomore season. He has run for 409 yards and six touchdowns. The Warriors have done the vast majority of their work on the ground, rushing for 1,001 yards and 10 scores.

The Warriors haven’t gotten their passing game going like they want it to. Quarterback Lane Davis is just 6-for-22 for 135 yards and one touchdown, but he has also found some success on the ground, tallying 84 yards on just 17 carries.

It will be VBC’s last road game of the regular season, as they’ll take Pekin to close out their 2020 schedule. Cardinal hopes to gain momentum before a tough final game against Sigourney-Keota.