El Reno gives as much as it takes -- and vice versa
By Justin Harper
In Thursday’s paper I wrote about El Reno’s turn around from a 3-7 team in 2007 to an 8-2 team in 2008. But in doing some number-crunching for the story I noticed an amazing trend: In terms of yards and points, the Indians give as much as they take — and vice versa.
Actually, if you looked at stats alone and didn’t see the scores to El Reno’s games this season the only logical conclusion would be that every game was a tie.
Let’s start out talking about rushing stats. The Indians have run for 933 yards and allowed 916. That’s an average of 93.3 yards for El Reno and 91.6 yards for the opponent. After 10 games, there’s less than two yards difference.
Now let’s look at passing. The Indians have thrown for 1,091 yards and allowed just two yards more, 1,093. That’s just amazing. El Reno averages 109.1 yards a game and the opponent 109.3. Since the rushing and passing numbers are so close, obviously the total offense stats will be similar —2,024 yards for El Reno, 2,009 for the opponent. That equates to less than two yards difference by average — 202.4 for El Reno, 200.9 for foes.
But that’s not the end of the similarities. Taking a look at the scores you see that El Reno has a blowout/shutout loss (35-0 to Guthrie) and a blowout/shutout win (42-0 over Western Heights). The Indians have two games with the exact same score (19-7 wins over Woodward and Elk City) and two just a point off (21-6 win over Northwest and 21-7 win over Duncan). And to top everything off, the Indians have two juniors with almost identical names, twins Cody Dauphin and Cory Dauphin.
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