By: Jon Swisher-Sports Director
A third district championship in a row didn’t seem to likely when the Beckman Blazers football team started out the district season with an 0-1 record after a road loss in Mt. Vernon, but five straight wins since then have given them a solid chance. The Blazers, who are 6-2 overall and 5-1 in class 2A district 4, face tenth-ranked Cascade (7-1, 6-0) tomorrow night in week number 9 with the district title awaiting the winner. Beckman head coach Gregg Hammann talks about the Cougars:
The series between the two Western Dubuque School District teams has been dominated by Beckman lately as they’ve won the last 3 meetings with Cascade taking the previous 3 dating back to 2007. This time around the rivalry isn’t the main storyline with the district crown on the line and Coach Hammann and his squad look forward to the opportunity:
With the health of some key offensive players being a big reason for their slow start as 11 starters missed the district opener and some have yet to return with four starters still out. Other Blazers have stepped in and up, clicking offensively outscoring their opponents by 204 points. Coach Hammann says the success starts up front with the offensive line and is highlighted by their two senior all-staters in Quarterback Grant Hammann, providing a threat passing and running the ball along with wide receiver Mitch Steger who has more than 800 yards of offense. Sophomore running back Tyler Hirsch has chipped in considerably as well and is second on the team in rushing with a little more than 500 yards.
Hammann say the goals reach beyond the district title as they do every season but the only thing on his mind right now is taking care of that business first:
The Blazers and Cougars match-up takes place in Dyersville Friday night starting around 7:30pm.