HS Football: Playoffs 2nd Round Preview

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

The second round of the high school football playoffs take place tonight around the state.

The class 3A sixth-ranked West Delaware Hawks are 9-1 and continue play at home with a top ten match-up with another 9-1 squad in the 2nd-ranked Solon Spartans. Hawks head coach Doug Winkowitsch and his staff expected the Spartans as their opponent again this postseason and talks about how similar both teams are:

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The Hawks met the Spartans in the 2nd round last year in Solon as the Spartans ended the Hawks campaign with a 49-20 final score. Coach Wink talks about the differences of this years’ Spartan team:

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Both teams have fought through injury adversity in different parts of their seasons’. The Spartans in the first half when their only loss to CR Xavier occurred in week 3 and Hawks in the later weeks with the absence of running back Coy Roussell and wide receiver Dallyn Putz:

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The Spartans have won 7 games in a row, while the Hawks are undefeated at home this season, Coach Wink comments that the home field advantage can only help in a big game situation like this:

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We’ll have all the coverage from Brown Field live on KMCH Sports on MIX 94.7 and KMCH.com with Jamie Vaske, Tom King and Bill Logan after the playoff pregame show with Sports Director Jon Swisher starting at about 6:25pm this evening.

The top-ranked class A 10-0 Maquoketa Valley Wildcats are at home again tonight as well taking on 6-4 Denver. Head coach Wes Wilson says his team is healthy as they settle into the playoff schedule routine and get ready for a quality Denver squad:

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Coach Wilson also says the environment of being able to play another home contest is a huge plus:

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Live coverage on KMCH.com from Delhi starts a little before 7pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Roger Reed. The game will also be played back on KMCH.com

In class 2A tonight, the 8-2 Beckman Blazers travel south down highway 136 to face in-district rival Cascade who is 9-1 and ranked 8th. First-year Blazer head coach Jim Derr talks about the mindset of his program and touches on the Cougars scouting report:

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We’ll also have coverage of that game from Cascade live on KMCH.com shortly before 7pm with Kevin Schuchmann and Dan McClean.

In the 8-player class 5th-rated, 10-0 Central Elkader welcomes in 7-3 Northwood-Kensett.