By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
For at least three of the five Henry County football teams, this weekend marks the end of the season. Mt. Pleasant, Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO will all be playing their last game tonight (Friday). New London may still get a playoff spot and Iowa Wesleyan will play in two more games after Saturday.
For the last time in 2017, we look ahead to an almost full slate of games on the weekend schedule.
Mt. Pleasant (5-3, 3-3) vs. Keokuk (0-8, 0-6) ? The Mt. Pleasant football team has already clinched a winning record but there is plenty of unfinished business for the Panthers tonight.
The 2016 campaign left a bad taste in the mouth of Panther fans after the Chiefs rolled 49-28 in last year?s final game.
With the vast majority of Keokuk players graduating last spring, the Chiefs have had a rough time scoring points this fall. A tough Panther defense will look to make it hard on a Keokuk team who has scored under 15 points in six of their eight games this season.
New London (5-2, 3-2) vs. Winfield-Mt. Union (0-8, 0-6) ? For New London, the game plan is to take care of business tonight, pick up their sixth win and then stay up to find out the playoff pairings, which will come out after midnight tonight.
A victory would put the Tigers in the wildcard pool and most agree New London is one of the favorites to be chosen. Upsets around the state tonight could change that, however, and a playoff snub would end the high school football season for Henry County.
W-MU may be winless this season but they can play the roll of spoiler tonight. The Wolves look to give the heavily favored Tigers a battle on New London?s homecoming and maybe catch the Tigers sleeping with the potential distraction of the bracket reveal tonight.
WACO (4-5, 3-2) @ Iowa Valley (5-3, 3-2) ? If 8-Man football had a wildcard clause, tonight?s game at Iowa Valley would be a key match in the playoff race. There are eight districts, so no wildcard in that class, but the two teams still have plenty of pride on the line.
With both WACO and Iowa Valley sitting at 3-2 in the district, tonight?s contest will be for third place. The Warriors may also have a little revenge on their minds as Iowa Valley spoiled their senior night 52-38 last season.
Iowa Wesleyan (1-6, 1-5) vs. Minnesota Morris (1-6, 1-5) ? The matchup couldn?t be more even for IW?s homecoming game on Saturday. The Tigers will face a team with the exact same record overall and in conference play.
There are even more similarities than that for the two squads. Both teams got their only win this year over Crown College and both teams have struggled offensively this season.
With a homecoming crowd coming in Saturday, the game will be a perfect opportunity for the IW football team to snap a five-game losing streak and get back on track before the final two games of the season.