By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
SULLY ? It?s playoff time in Henry County for the first time in two years. New London will begin their postseason run tomorrow (Friday) after making it in the Class A field as a wildcard team.
It will be the first time a team from Henry County plays a playoff football game since 2015, when Winfield-Mt. Union won their district to get into the field. The team which knocked W-MU out of the postseason that year was none other than Lynnville-Sully.
The Tigers and Eagles have more history than two first-round opponents usually would, as the IAHSAA makes a point to separate district opponents. Due to travel time and three District 6 teams making the field, the two squads will play for the second time this year and the third time in the past two years.
The previous two games have been extremely tight, with Lynnville-Sully taking both matchups. The Eagles took last season?s game 17-14, and used a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers 20-14 this year. In both instances, the two teams were undefeated in district play coming into the contest.
In 2016, it was running back Sage Zylstra who caused the Tigers problems. The Eagle running back ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
This season, New London shut down Zylstra, allowing just 29 total yards to the senior. Still, though, Lynnville-Sully was able to escape with a win, partially due to a staunch defensive effort.
New London?s offense does come in with two offensive weapons who have caused problems for the Eagles defense. Dallas Bell had 123 yards receiving and a touchdown in the loss last season. Keontae Luckett went for 77 yards receiving last year and had 74 yards and a touchdown receiving in the matchup this season.
The winner of Friday night?s game will be just one win away from advancing to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The victor will take on Hudson or Pekin on Friday, Nov. 3. New London would be on the road for either of those games.