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A look ahead: Winfield-Mt. Union football

Wolves open first eight-man schedule in Springville, renew rivalry with WACO
Aug 07, 2018
MPN file photo Daunte Oepping  leaps up to field a kick in a home game last season.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


It may feel like summer sports just ended, but the high school season is almost upon us in Henry County. Two local teams, Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO will kick things off on Aug. 17 in an early start to the fall sports season.

Today we’ll look ahead to the W-MU schedule, which looks quite different than the 2017 slate. The Wolves will enter the fray of eight-man football after voting to make the switch this winter, and that means there will be fresh opponents new and old for 2018.

W-MU will have just two games against teams they played last year as both Montezuma and New London made the switch over to eight-man with the Wolves. W-MU will travel to Montezuma on Sept. 7, and make the short trip to New London on Aug. 28.

Wolves fans will have to travel a bit if they want to attend the first official eight-man game in W-MU history. The Wolves will be just under an hour and a half away for their opening game in Springville on Aug. 17 to take on a team that went 3-7 last season.

The home opener will be on Aug. 24 against English Valleys. That will be the first of four home games this season.

The second home game for W-MU will take place on Aug. 31 against Tri-County Thornburg. Tri-County went 2-8 last year. That will be the Wolves’ first district game of the year.

The district will be hard to predict since it’s a mix of Class A teams and eight-man teams from the year before. Tri-County wasn’t in District 4 last year but did go 2-5 in their district.

Teams that will be returning in District 4 this year are Lone Tree, Iowa Valley, WACO and English Valleys. The top team of that group is Lone Tree, who finished 5-2 in the district last season. W-MU won’t play Lone Tree until their last game on the season, on Oct. 12.

W-MU will have five road games this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of travel, however, as the Wolves play two road games in the county.

W-MU technically won’t leave the county for a game after their Sept. 14 game in Marengo. The Wolves will play either at home or in close road games from that point forward.

One week after the Sept. 28 game at New London, W-MU will finally be able to play WACO again after a two-year haitus in the rivalry. The Wolves and Warriors haven’t faced each other on the football field since Oct. 10 of 2014. WACO has been playing eight-man football for the past two years.

Below is the full schedule for W-MU. District games will be marked with an asterisk and home games are in bold.

Aug. 17 @ Springville

Aug. 24 vs. English Valleys

Aug. 31 vs. Tri-County Thornburg*

Sept. 7 @ Montezuma*

Sept. 14 @ Iowa Valley Marengo*

Sept. 21 vs. H-L-V Victor*

Sept. 28 @ New London*

Oct. 5 @ WACO*

Oct. 12 vs. Lone Tree*

Oct. 17 BYE

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