By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The third week of the high school football season continues tonight around the state. It also brings week 1 of district play for a majority of the teams with a few non-district games being played. One of the biggest match-ups in the state features the West Delaware Hawks opening up their class 3A district 3 schedule in Waverly, taking on the Go-Hawks of Waverly-Shell Rock. Both squads are ranked top 5 in this week’s Radio Iowa poll, with the Hawks at No. 3 and W-SR rated 4th.
WD 11th-year head coach Doug Winkowitsch talks about the challenges that the Go-Hawks offense will bring to the table:
Both teams are 2-0 in pre-district play with all 4 wins coming in convincing fashion. The Hawks have victories over 3A schools Western Dubuque and Maquoketa, outscoring them 75-14 while the Go-Hawks defeated 4A teams Waterloo West and Mason City by a total score of 80-27. Both offenses have put up big numbers while the defenses have protected well. Coach Winkowitsch says that is the major similarity the two teams have but there are others:
With both teams contending to win the district crown along with Decorah, Coach Winkowitsch talks about the importance of keeping his players minds focused on the task of just winning a district game and not worrying about how big of a game it may be this early in the season:
As usual Coach Wink doesn’t take the great support of the Hawk faithful for granted:
West Delaware has won both of the last two meetings in the series, the last occurred in 2011 in Waverly as the Hawks won 28-7 in district action. The contest will kick-off around 7:30pm. KMCH Sports coverage begins with the Football Friday Night Pregame Show at 7pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher then Jamie Vaske, Aaron Plein and Bill Logan will take over from Waverly live on KMCH and KMCH.com.
Our area online and playback game of the week comes out of class A district 5 as North Linn hosts Starmont. Both teams are 0-2 coming into the district campaign. Stars Head coach Matt Lee is not satisfied with the start of the season but realizes the bigger picture:
Coach Lee says once district play starts it brings an exciting yet familiar routine which both coaches and players have to embrace:
Lynx head coach Jared Collum says after the first two weeks his team has showed signs of playing well, now the consistent factor will determine how good they can be:
The Stars, won last seasons’ game also at North Linn, 48-12 in week 7. Kick-off is slated for 7:30pm, with the action live on KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Tony Marbach, then played back after the WD game on KMCH.
Elsewhere around the area tonight;
Independence is at Decorah
Western Dubuque travels to Maquoketa
Cascade hosts Marion in non-district play
Beckman takes the trip to Oelwein
Monticello is home to Camanche
Anamosa entertains Tipton
Maquoketa Valley welcomes in East Buchanan
Ed-Co has Postville at home