HS Football; East Buchanan Preview

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

The East Buchanan Football program started a new campaign with preseason practice last week with another change in coaching leadership. Fifteen-year assistant coach Jerry Alden took over the program in the off-season after Cory Quail resigned in early March. Alden is the fourth varsity head coach in 4 years and fifth in six seasons dating back to 2009, when 27-year veteran head coach Mike Stafford retired in November of that year. Alden is a 1987 graduate of West Delaware High School and was a Senior member of the first ever Hawks playoff football team in the Fall of 1986.  Coach Alden talks about the two major influences he has had in his football coaching career and how he will use things he’s learned over the years in his new position:

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Although this is Alden’s first football head coaching job, he is no stranger to being in that spot as he was the varsity baseball coach for the Buccaneers from 1996-2009. He started coaching middle school football at EB in 1994 before making the transition to the high school level in 1999, as an assistant under Coach Stafford he was a part of six of the schools’ fifteen playoff appearances. With any coaching change an adjustment period follows, Alden says it has gone pretty smoothly since taking over with the help of his assistant coaches:

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Alden comments on the main focal points him and the coaching staff are stressing to their players:

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Trying to change the mindset back to a winning program is what lies ahead for the Buccaneers. The last postseason qualifying team and a winning record was in 2009, when that squad finished 6-4. Since then the varsity teams’ have won only 7 games in the past 4 seasons for a combined mark of 7-29. Coach Alden remarks that the positives are there to turn things around sooner than later:

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Junior quarterback Hunter Schulte, who threw for 513 yards with 2 touchdowns, says the experience from being on the field against varsity competition will no doubt help this season:


Senior lineman Izacc Anderegg says the focus is of course on improving:


Junior running back Jacob Schmitt, who helped lead the ground game with 133 yards and 1 TD, knows it is a unique situation with Coach Alden being the fourth head coach in the same amount of seasons:


The positive attitude theme continued with another one of the six senior leaders in lineman Jordan Hoefer who thinks having the extra players out will only benefit the team in a number of ways:

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Coach Alden says the familiar routine the players will have to adjust to will start this Wednesday once school is in session at East Buchanan:

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The Buccaneers open up the season with two non-district opponents, on Friday night August, 29th hosting North Tama in Winthrop before traveling to Jesup in week number two. Class A district 5 is where EB will reside and begins district play in the third week. Out of the district are Wapsie Valley, Turkey Valley and North Butler. The new teams, Maquoketa Valley, Lisbon and Easton Valley join Postville, Ed-Co, North Linn, Starmont and East Buc. Coach Alden talks about the three main favorites to contend for the district crown:

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The annual soap intrasquad scrimmage will be held this Friday night in Winthrop starting at 7pm.