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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

Area football teams gear up for packed weekend

Sep 21, 2017
MPN file photo Mt. Pleasant’s Zach Beason (pictured) had 199 all-purpose yards against Ft. Madison in the Panthers’ victory last season.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


All five area football teams are in action this weekend as gut-check time approaches in the third week of district play. Mt. Pleasant and Winfield-Mt. Union continue to search for their first district win. New London looks to stay unbeaten. WACO holds their homecoming and Iowa Wesleyan tries to bounce back in their second straight road game.

Mt. Pleasant is 2-2 overall and 0-2 in district play despite being in the lead or tied at halftime of every game this season. The Panthers will face off with a Ft. Madison team it stomped in the 2016 homecoming game, but these aren’t the same Bloodhounds from last year.

Panther coach Shawn Streigel calls Ft. Madison the “darkhorse” team of the district, noting a 3-1 start for the Bloodhounds which included a 21-17 win over West Burlington-Notre Dame last week. Their only loss was to Oskaloosa in their district opener, where they fell 58-14.

The Panthers have faced a duel-threat quarterback the last two weeks but on Friday they’ll face a more traditional offense. Ft. Madison running back Alex Gully has ran for 519 yards and nine scores this year and will be one to watch for out of the Bloodhound backfield.

WACO (2-3, 1-1) may have another barn-burner of a homecoming game this season. The Warriors take on an English Valleys squad which has looked pretty even with WACO in their early games.

The two squads both faced Twin Cedars and Tri-County in their non-district schedule. WACO fell to Twin Cedars by four points and topped Tri-County by 39. English Valleys faired just a hair better, nipping Twin Cedars by two points and shutting down Tri-County, 42-0.

English Valleys will be looking for revenge after getting blasted at home by WACO in 2016. The Warriors forced four turnovers in that game and walked out with a dominant 49-0 victory.

New London (3-0, 1-0) has been flawless so far this season and will aim for a 4-0 start against North Mahaska team that has had a tough time keeping teams off the board this season.

North Mahaska has given up at least 36 points to every opponent they’ve faced in 2017, including a 42-0 shutout loss to Pekin last week. Speaking of shutouts, the Tigers blanked North Mahaska 28-0 on the road last season.

W-MU has by far the toughest test of any of the area teams this weekend. The Wolves will host a red-hot Lynville-Sully team that has outscored opponents by a minimum of 25 points in each of their four wins.

The Eagles are fourth-ranked in the latest Class A Gazette poll and topped Cardinal 74-0 on the road last week. W-MU will need to account for a lot of different players, as eight different Eagles have touchdowns to their name so far.

IW (1-2, 1-1) will face a tough MacMurray team in their third conference game of the season. The Highlanders thrashed Martin Luther 54-28 in their first conference game and topped Crown College 48-34 on the road last week. The Tigers started the UMAC schedule with the same two teams but went just 1-1.

The key to slowing down the Highlanders may be stopping senior running back Chazz Middlebrook, who had 34 carries for 279 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday.

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