CLINTON — After dropping its first three games the Clinton River Kings football team will be seeking its first win of 2007 when it hosts the 1-2 Pleasant Valley Spartans tonight.

Pleasant Valley opened with a pair of losses, falling 21-7 to North Scott in Week 1 and losing 30-27 to Muscatine in Week 2. Last week the Spartans got in the win column, romping past Davenport West 35-0.

“They run a similar offense to Burlington ... double-wing, wing-T,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “They run a 4-4 defense. They have good athletes, but they’re not going to have the size and speed we’ve seen the last three weeks.

“They’re still bigger than us, but it will be a little better matchup for us. We’ve had another good week of practice. We worked on some of the things that we need to do better. We’ve had a pretty tough sequence of games, but the kids have bounced back good. It’s been a positive week.”

Coach Camp indicated that senior wide receiver/cornerback Scott DeAngelis is back in the lineup after being sidelined with a concussion.

Camp also said that senior offensive and defensive lineman Chad Rallie was “a little dinged up, but should be able to go.”

Camp says that the Spartans are capable of mixing up their offense.

“They have thrown the ball a fair amount, but they’re predominantly a run team,” he said. “They have a couple bruising backs.”

Pleasant Valley is fourth in the Mississippi Athletic Conference in points allowed, allowing its first three opponents 17 points per game. The Spartans are fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 23 points per game.

Clinton is seventh in the league in scoring (16 points per game) and last in points allowed (42.3 per game).

Pleasant Valley is fifth in the MAC in offense, averaging 331 yards per game. The Spartans are fourth in rushing (204.3 yards per game) and sixth in passing (126.3 yards per game).

The River Kings are eighth in the conference in offense at 210 yards per game. They are seventh in both rushing (92.7 yards per game) and passing (117 yards per game).

Pleasant Valley is sixth in the MAC in defense, allowing 323 yards per game. They are third in rush defense (109.7 yards per game), but last in pass defense (213.3 yards per game).

Clinton is last in defense, allowing 416 yards per game. The Kings are eighth against the run (208.3 yards per game) and ninth against the pass (208 yards per game).

Spartans quarterback Brett Bueker is 35-for-50 for 379 yards on the season. PV’s Nick Ehrecke and John Lindstrom are fifth and ninth, respectively, in the MAC in rushing.

Ehrecke has 278 yards on 30 carries, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Lindstrom has 192 yards on 24 carries, averaging 8.0 yards.

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