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All five HC football teams in action

Aug 30, 2018
MPN file photo Chase Lamm (pictured) and the Mt. Pleasant football team will have their hands full with state-ranked Pella on Friday night.

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


The coming weekend is a big one for Henry County football. For the first time this fall, all five teams will be in action, as the high school squads take the field Friday and Iowa Wesleyan kicks off the new year on Saturday.

Three teams will be playing at home this weekend; WACO, W-MU and IW. Mt. Pleasant and New London will be on the road.

Mt. Pleasant has a mountain of a task ahead of them, as the Panthers will travel to Pella to take on a team that is coming off a second-place finish in 2017.

The Panthers will be looking to bounce back from a rough game offensively last Friday, and they’ll need to put up some points to hang with a Dutch squad that is currently ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A Gazette poll.

Pella is coming off a shutout win over Dallas Center-Grimes, a state quarterfinalist from last season. The Dutch took that game 28-0.

Pella’s running game led to all four of their touchdowns last week. Sophomore Aaron Downs ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and senior Gabe Thomas ran for 58 yards and two scores.

Fourth-ranked New London will be playing in their first ever road eight-man game. The Tigers are coming off a stellar performance last Friday, dropping H-L-V 51-16.

The Tigers won’t have a slouch this Friday. They’ll take on Moravia, another 1-0 team, in a non-district game.

Moravia won 47-8 over Twin Cedars, getting four touchdowns out of their running game. Sophomore Tanner Cormeny ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

WACO will play in their home opener against English Valleys after dropping a 46-32 game at Iowa Valley last weekend. The Warriors will have quite the task as well, taking on a team that is 2-0 and has outscored opponents 144-24 in their first two games.

EV sports a tough running game as well. The Bears have already scored 16 touchdowns on the ground this year, in just two games, They already knocked off another Henry County team, W-MU, last week.

The Wolves are hunting for their first win, and they have a shot at it this weekend, playing Tri-County. Due to a back-ended schedule, the Trojans have yet to play a game this season. Last year, they went 2-8.

The Trojans do bring back two of their top three offensive threats from last year. Quarterback Tegon Fogle (428 yards, five touchdowns, eight interceptions) and running back Brayden Monroe (540 yards, eight touchdowns) are both in their junior year.

Tri-County did lose their main receiving threat, however. Cameron Krumm, a 2018 graduate, had 379 of the Trojans’ 462 receiving yards last year, and all five of their touchdowns through the air.

IW will be playing one of two non-conference games before the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference season starts up in the middle of September. The Tigers will take on Cornell College out of Mt. Vernon.

IW will be looking for some revenge after losing three straight games to the Rams since the two teams renewed their intra-state rivalry in 2015. Cornell has beaten the Tigers in each of the last three years, most recently a 62-25 win last season.

New London, WACO and W-MU are all expected to start at 7 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 31. Mt. Pleasant will kick off 30 minutes later, at 7:30 p.m. IW will play a night game on Saturday, Sept. 1, starting things up at 7 p.m.

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