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Playoff races heat up this weekend

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Photo by: Andy Krutsinger New London’s Mason Porter carries the ball down the sideline on Friday night.  The Tigers will aim to stay unbeaten this week at Cardinal.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


We’re halfway through the 2017 fall sports season and the area football standings are starting to take shape.

Henry County’s best playoff shot continues to be New London, but WACO is still hanging tough and Mt. Pleasant can put a little pressure on the rest of the district with a win Friday. Meanwhile, Winfield-Mt. Union continues to look for their first win, and Iowa Wesleyan aims to bounce back from two-straight losses.

Last week, Mt. Pleasant (3-2, 1-2) got back in the winner’s column after a couple of tough losses in its previous two games. This week the Panthers celebrate homecoming with a matchup against West Burlington-Notre Dame-Danville (2-3, 2-1).

WB-ND-Danville sit ahead of Mt. Pleasant in the district standings, but the Falcons have back-loaded schedule and haven’t played district powers Solon, Oskaloosa or Washington. The Panthers will be the toughest team the Falcons have played all year.

The Falcons will be looking for a little revenge after Mt. Pleasant upended them 21-14 in Burlington last season.

The Panthers will need to stop a balanced Falcon rushing attack that has been the anchor of the WB-ND-Danville offense all year. Running backs Tanner Snodgrass and Darius Whaley have three touchdowns each this year, and quarterback Drake Day has run for three of his own.

On the offensive side of the ball, Mt. Pleasant continues to rely heavily on junior quarterback Zach Beason after the injury earlier this month to starting running back Brody McGhghy. Beason threw four touchdowns last week in Ft. Madison and rushed for two more.

New London (4-0, 2-0) is still a week away from the first of two straight showdowns against the other district favorites, but a win at Cardinal (1-4, 1-2) would put the Tigers in a favorable position.

The high-powered Tiger team will take on a Comet squad it shut down 42-0 last year. This will be the third tough matchup in a row for Cardinal. They had the misfortune of playing the undefeated threesome of Lynnville-Sully, Pekin and New London three weeks in a row. They were shut out 74-0 against Lynnville-Sully and toppled 56-6 by Pekin.

New London fans will likely be watching the area scoreboard on Friday night. Lynnville-Sully will host Pekin this Friday in the first of three straight weeks where the district will see two of its top teams match up. New London will host Lynnville-Sully a week from Friday and head to Pekin the week after.

Don’t look now, but Henry County has another postseason contender, at least for now. WACO (3-3, 2-1) is gaining steam and the Warrior offense has been on a tear, scoring at least 50 points in four of their last five games.

The Warriors will have to be at their best this week as they take on a high-powered Lone Tree team that sits at 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district play.

The Lions were unbeaten before falling to Baxter last week. A big reason for that feat is Bryce Houser, who has ran for 571 yards and 12 touchdowns already this year, and has one more on the ground.

The Lone Tree game is where everything went south for WACO in 2016. They came into last season’s game 3-3 but left with a 69-13 loss on their home turf, and couldn’t pull out another win from that point forward.

The Warriors’ only blemish in district play this year was a 66-33 loss to Wyoming Midland in their first league game. The Warriors have three tough road games left on the schedule, however. After Lone Tree, the Warriors will take on one-loss Baxter. They’ll also end their season at Iowa Valley, a squad who fell by just seven points to Midland last week.

W-MU will be in Montezuma for a matchup of teams who are winless in the district so far. Don’t be decieved, however, as the Braves’ losses come to Pekin and New London, and the loss to New London was by just 16 points at 36-20.

Still, though, the Montezuma offense hasn’t been very deadly so far in 2017. Starting quarterback Clay Krousie has a 32 percent completion rating, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Their main weopon is running back Jordon Bender, who has over 350 yards from scrimmage this year including three rushing touchdowns.

It might be a little decieving, as Montezuma lost a bundle of seniors from their playoff team last year, but the Braves did pop the Wolves 49-7 in Winfield last season.

The IW football team hit a bit of a lul in their two-game road trip, dropping games at Martin Luther and MacMurray, but there is still time to battle back in the UMAC standings.

The Tigers (1-2, 1-3) will face off against Eureka (2-2, 2-1) in their only home night game of the year. The Red Devils have won their last two games, but those victories were against the only winless teams in the conference, Crown College and Minnesota Morris.

The IW offense struggled last season at Eureka, falling 29-15, despite scoring the first touchdown of the game.

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