By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The class 3A sixth-ranked West Delaware Hawks look to capture a district title for the 4th time in 10 seasons and first since 2011 tonight with a win over Decorah. The Hawks are 7-1/4-1, while the Vikings enter play with marks of 5-3/3-2. With a W, WD assures themselves the championship and the top spot in district number 3, it also would eliminate Decorah from playoff contention. Coming off of last weeks tough defeat to Independence Hawks 11th-year head coach Doug Winkowitsch says the focus this week has been looking ahead and regaining their momentum:
Although Decorah is a little down record wise compared to most other seasons, Coach Wink knows they are a dangerous team and a quick start offensively for his squad will be an important tone setter:
Besides the big game atmosphere with playoff factors on the line, it also is the night the Football program chose to honor 100 years of Hawk Football. With any former players, coaches, managers and cheerleaders invited back to come out to Brown Field with free admission and the opportunity to be recognized at halftime of the varsity game. Coach Wink has been the head organizer of the event and looks forward to a great turnout on a special night:
The honorary captain for the game is former Hawks head coach Dave Jacobson who roamed the sidelines at WD from 1990-1994, winning the only state title in school program history in 1991. Coach Jacobson comments that it is truly an honor for him to be a part of the event:
Jacobson is the third winningest coach in WD Football history with a record of 48-9 in five seasons, coaching 14 years overall with stops at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and North Scott after West Delaware, compiling a mark of 102-39. Jacobson talks about the memories of that special state championship campaign in 1991 and reflects on what it means to him still to this day:
The great fan support was evident back inthose for the orange and black as well. Jacobson remembers that well and speaks fondly of the West Delaware Football program:
Jacobson will accompany the WD captains to the middle of the field before the coin toss and be introduced before the varsity contest tonight.
Week 9 of the season also means the playoffs are right around the corner with first round play slated for next Wednesday night. A few changes take effect this year with the biggest being no sister districts meaning the Hawks will wait and see what team they will be paired up with after everything is sorted out late tonight. Coach Wink gives his perspective on what the changes mean:
To hear more from Coach Winkowitsch tune in to the Football Friday Night pregame show with Sports Director Jon Swisher at 7pm this evening right before coverage of the Hawks and Vikings from Brown Field live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Jamie, Aaron and Bill. The entire interview with Coach Jacobson and Jamie Vaske can be heard at halftime of the varsity game.