By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Friday night marks the first game for the majority of high school football teams in Iowa. Mt. Pleasant and New London will take the field for the first time, WACO will try and move to 2-0, and Winfield-Mt. Union will play a home eight-man game for the first time.
Mt. Pleasant will take on Clear Creek-Amana in their season opener. The Panthers and Clippers also played in game one last year with Mt. Pleasant taking it 14-7, scoring on a six-yard touchdown pass from Zach Beason to Levi Puig and a one-yard rushing touchdown by Beason to hold of CCA.
Mt. Pleasant won?t have much of a scouting report on the CCA offense, as the Clippers were gutted by graduation, losing quarterback Ethan Postler and running back Matt Brimeyer as well as their top two pass-catchers, Darius Moore and Cade Stratton.
It will be the first varsity start for a handful of players on Mt. Pleasant?s side as well, meaning Week 1 will be an unveiling of sorts for both fanbases.
New London hits the eight-man field after making the playoffs in Class A last season. The Tigers have been highly touted in a few Iowa preseason polls and are one of the favorites to make it out of the district this season.
The speedy Tigers will take on Hardwick-Ladora-Victor (HLV), a team that blewout Colo-Nesco in their opener last week. HLV won 57-6 and will play host in the game this Friday.
One player the New London defense will look to slow down is Chase Sternhagen. The senior running back went for 188 yards and three touchdowns in just 11 carries last week.
Despite the blowout win, HLV had just 23 yards through the air last week. That reception did go for a touchdown, however, one of eight scores by the offense.
WACO will try and make it two-in-a-row in a meeting of two 1-0 squads. The Warriors will play Iowa Valley, a team that took their opener 62-16 over Colling-Maxwell.
Like HLV, C-M did almost all of their damage on the ground. In a more spreadout attack, five different players found the endzone. Senior Noah Mumby led their team with 85 yards and two touchdowns on four carries.
WACO was led in Week 1 by Colton Horak, who finished with 91 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards and two total touchdowns. The Warrior star will look to anchor the offense again when the Warriors hit the road again Friday.
W-MU will try to rebound from a Week 0 loss, but it may not be an easy task. Twin Cedars will come in to town after scoring 70 points in their first game of the year.
Twin Cedars topped English Valleys 70-6 in the opener. Senior back Cooper Andressen went for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow senior Caleb Peach ran for 78 yards and there scores, and junior Cael Hester punched in four touchdowns, all within 10 yards.
W-MU will also have to deal with a hungry Twin Cedars defense, which forced four turnovers last week. They finished the night with three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
The three eight-man squads will kick off at 7 p.m. Mt. Pleasant?s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start time.