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Football previews for Friday

By Xiomara Levsen | Aug 25, 2017



Washington versus Albia

Washington head coach Garrison Carter said Albia is one of the best teams in southeast Iowa for the past five years.

“They are well coached and have the advantage of already playing a game this year.”

This is one of two non-district teams Washington will play this year.

“The goal for the next two weeks is to be firing on all cylinders for week 3 when we start district play against Mount Pleasant,” Carter said.

At practice, Carter and his assistant coaches are stressing doing things right.

“If we control all the things we can control, the score will take care of itself,” Carter added.


WACO versus Twin Cedars

WACO head coach Chad Edeker said the game against Twin Cedars Friday night will test how much his team has improved.

“We played last week and there’s usually good improvement from week 1 to week 2,” Edeker said. “Hopefully, we have corrected some of the errors we made last week and will look much better this week.”

Twin Cedars was a quarter-final team last year but lost several players, Edeker added.

“They have their quarterback and right back back from last year, so we will need to focus on stopping them first,” he said.


Mid-Prairie versus Louisa-Muscatine

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks will travel to Letts for its season opener with the Louisa-Muscatine Falcons. Game time has been changed to 7 p.m. Last year the, the Hawks cruised to a 41-14 victory. Both teams have graduated some key players, but the consensus has the Hawks favored by several touchdowns.

Mid-prairie Head Coach Pete Cavanagh, however, is taking nothing for granted.

“I think this year’s game and last year’s game are completely different. L & M has a new coaching staff and they will probably run different schemes. They graduated some good players and so did we, so we just need to focus on what we are doing and not so much on a scouting report this week,”Cavanagh said.

Last week’s scrimmage against Regina helped the team identify problem areas and sharpen their ball handling.

“We have to avoid mistakes and play our game. We would like to be able to run the ball and stop the run. Hopefully, we got most of our mistakes out last week at the scrimmage,” he said.

This year’s Hawks have some strengths, including a good depth chart and some big boys on the front line, that could push them into the playoffs.

“I think we have good depth of the offensive line; we are comfortable with many guys in on all positions on the line. And there is some good size there,” said Cavanagh.


Highland versus West Liberty

Last week Highland played its first nonconference game against North Mahaska with an all new coaching staff. They won the game 36-14.

There are only 20 boys out for the team this year and Dan Burton was injured at the game last week, but head coach Scott Morel said he was impressed with how his other players stepped up.

“Geoffrey [Streb] stepped up and did a nice job and then we made some adjustments with Colton Hill coming in to play tackle,” Morel said, “and then we moved [Jordan] Sosa down.”

The team won’t have its first conference game for two weeks but are still coming to practice focused.

“We’re just going to continue to practice being precise in our movements,” Morel said. “Every day that is what we’re doing. We’re making sure we’re doing the little things right.”

Highland will play at West Liberty Friday night.

At the game last week the offense was a little slow getting moving during the second quarter. Morel contributes this to a few things, so the team is quicker offensively this week.

“That comes with our reads,” Morel said. “We were pretty basic [the first game], working on getting our feet underneath us.”


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