October 1, 2014

UNI football on the road to open MVC

The UNI Panthers open the Missouri Valley Football conference race on the road this weekend at Indiana State. These teams have not played since back in 2011. UNI coach Mark Farley says the team has gotten much better under their current coach and they are playing very well.

Indiana State is 3-1 and led by quarterback Mike Perish are averaging nearly 300 yards of passing per game. “There will be a little bit of a shift because they do rely on the passing game and they are very confident in the passing game and we are going to have to balance up our coverages and try to get some pressure. There are not many who have gotten pressure on him,” Farley says.

He says the Sycamores will provide a tough opener to conference play as he says they beat Ball Sate handily and Liberty and have grown since their early game against Indiana.

Farley says the Panthers will need a consistent effort to contend for the league crown. “We have to play right on the edge of tenacity and poise to be at that level,” Farley says.

UNI is 2-2 and Farley says the Panthers are looking forward to the conference race as it’s what they’ve been preparing for in the first games.

By Elwin Huffman, KOEL, Oelwein


Hawkeye offensive coordinator: plan is to play both quarterbacks

Hawkeye offensive coordinator, Greg Davis.

Hawkeye offensive coordinator, Greg Davis.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will play two quarterbacks when they host Indiana on October 11th following a bye week. Sophomore C.J. Beathard replaced the injured Jake Rudock at halftime of the game at Pitt two weeks ago and has led the Hawks to consecutive victories.

“If we played today, Jake is about 80-percent, so we would start C.J. if we played today. We feel like we have two good quarterbacks, so we’ll look at it these next 11 days and then we’ll go from there. What you can probably expect is that we will play two,” according to Hawkeye offensive coordinator Greg Davis.

Davis says there will not be a set amount on how much they will play as he says both have earned the right to play and have played pretty well and that’s how they plan to approach it.

Davis says it will all depend upon how much Rudock’s leg injury improves with the off week. “He would have been available the other day in a limited role if C.J.’s helmet would have come off or lost his breath,” Davis says. He says the biggest problem is that Rudock can’t run right now.

Davis says both quarterbacks deserve to play and he is confident they will be able to handle the situation. “They’re are good guys, they’re good players and I think they both know the other guy is pretty good. They are not blind to the fact that the other guy does some pretty good stuff also,” Davis explains.

And the offense could use a spark. The Hawkeyes have struggled with inconsistent play, an anemic running game as well as a lack of big plays. “I’m happy that we’re 4-1, I’m disappointed that we haven’t scored more points. I think we are trying to do what our players are best suited for,” Davis says.


Cyclone coach says work continues on the running game

The Iowa State defense is preparing to face another standout quarterback when the Cyclones visit 21st ranked Oklahoma State in Big-12 play. Cowboy junior Daxx Garman is averaging 309 yards of passing and has eight touchdowns in three games.”Some guys can throw them ‘em all, some guys are better underneath. He throws a really good deep ball with a lot of touch and they throw it a lot of times in a game. It only takes 3 of those to be successful and you’ve got a lot of points on the board,” ISU coach Paul Rhoads says.

Rhoads says Garman’s ability to throw the deep ball puts pressure on a defense. He says he has good velocity on the balls he throws and had good wide receivers and runningbacks.

If the Cyclones want to hang in with the better teams in the Big 12 they will need to find more offense. If begins with a struggling ground game that ranks last in the conference. Rhoads says they all know they are not running the ball well enough and they are working to improve it.

The Cyclones are averaging only 104 yards on the ground. “You’ve got to run the ball and you’ve got to defend the run if you are going to be successful, and we are not even scratching the surface,” Rhoads says. He says their quarterback is their leading rusher, not by design, and they need to improve blocking throughout the offense.

Rhoads says Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater is a tough environment for visiting teams as it has a sideline similar to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City and in Norman, Oklahoma, where the fans are actively involved in the game.

Rhoads would like to get senior tight end E.J. Bibbs more touches. The preseason All Big 12 selection has only 11 receptions so far this season.

Iowa State is 1-3 after a loss to Baylor. Oklahoma State is 3-1 but coach Mike Gundy says they are far from being a title contender as je says they have to play well each week no matter who they play.


Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 9/29/14

Class 4A
1. Bettendorf (5-0), LW #1 @ Iowa City West
2. Cedar Rapids Washington (5-0), LW #2 vs Ottumwa
3. Dowling Catholic (4-1), LW #3 vs #7 Sioux City East
4. WDM Valley (4-1), LW #4 @ C.B Abe Lincoln
5. Waukee (4-1), LW #5 vs Urbandale
6. Ankeny Centennial (4-1), LW #7 vs DSM Hoover
7. Sioux City East (5-0), LW #6 @ #3 Dowling
8. North Scott (4-1), LW #9 @ Clinton
9. Johnston (4-1), LW #10 @ DSM Roosevelt
10.Dubuque Hempstead (4-1), LW (X) @ Davenport North (Thur)


Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-1), LW #1 vs Western Dubuque
2. Pella (5-0), LW #2 @ #10 Carlisle
3. West Delaware (5-0), LW #3 @ Charles City
4. Carroll (5-0), LW #4 vs Boone
5. Sioux City Heelan (4-1), LW #5 @ Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
6. Solon (4-1), LW #7 @ Central DeWitt
7. Waverly-Shell Rock (4-1), LW #8 vs 2A #1 Clear Lake
8. Humboldt (4-1), LW #10 @ Greene County
9. Newton (4-1), LW #6 @ Ballard
10.Carlisle (4-1), LW (X) vs #2 Pella


Class 2A
1. Clear Lake (5-0), LW #1 @ 3A #7 Waverly-Shell Rock
2. Spirit Lake (5-0), LW #2 vs #3 Sioux Center
3. Sioux Center (5-0), LW #3 @ #2 Spirit Lake
4. Williamsburg (5-0), LW #4 vs Mid-Prairie
5. Albia (5-0), LW #5 @ Davis County
6. New Hampton (4-1), LW #7 vs Oelwein
7. Center Point-Urbana (4-1), LW #6 @ Mount Vernon
8. North Fayette Valley (4-1), LW #8 vs Dyersville Beckman
9. Hampton-Dumont (5-0), LW #9 vs Estherville LC
10.Mediapolis (4-1), LW #10 vs Wilton


Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (4-1), LW #1 vs Columbus Junction
2. South Winneshiek (5-0), LW #2 vs Jesup
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (5-0), LW #3 @ Madrid
4. West Branch (5-0), LW #4 @ Durant
5. Ogden (5-0), LW #5 vs Woodward Academy
6. St. Ansgar (5-0), LW #6 @ A #4 Nashua-Plainfield
7. IKM-Manning (5-0), LW #7 @ OA-BCIG
8. Hinton (5-0), LW #8 @ #9 West Lyon
9. West Lyon (4-1), LW #9 vs #8 Hinton
10.Dike-New Hartford (4-1), LW (X) @ MFL MarMac


Class A
1. Maquoketa Valley (5-0), LW #1 vs North Linn
2. Logan-Magnolia (5-0), LW #2 vs Tri-Center
3. AGWSR (Ackley), (5-0), LW #3 @ Denver
4. Nashua-Plainfield (5-0), LW #4 vs 1A #6 St. Ansgar
5. Pekin (5-0), LW #5 vs Cardinal (Eldon)
6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-1), LW #6 @ North Tama
7. Montezuma (5-0), LW #8 vs Colfax-Mingo
8. Bedford (5-0), LW (X) @ #10 Mt. Ayr
9. Algona Garrigan (3-2), LW #9 @ North Butler
10.Mt. Ayr (4-1), LW (X) vs #8 Bedford


1. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #1 vs #6 HLV
2. Fremont Mills (5-0), LW #2 @ Stanton
3. Janesville (5-0), LW #3 @ Tripoli
4. Exira/EHK (5-0), LW #4 @ Woodbine
5. Central Elkader (5-0), LW #5 vs #9 Turkey Valley
6. HLV (Victor) (5-0), LW #6 @ #1 Don Bosco
7. Glidden-Ralston (5-0), LW #7 vs Adair-Casey
8. Coon Rapids-Bayard (5-0), LW #8 @ Murray
9. Turkey Valley (5-0), LW #9 @ #5 Central Elkader
10.Lamoni (4-0), LW #10 vs Mormon Trail (tonight)


UNI kicker breaks record in 50-7 win over Tennessee Tech

The UNI Panthers set a couple of records as they improved to 2-2 by rolling to a 50-7 win over Tennessee Tech. Junior kicker Mark Schmadeke’s 20 points set a new school record and his five field goals tied an all time mark. “He kind of represents the what that a lot of people come through life, you’ve got to earn it for awhile,” UNI coach Mark Farley says. He says he’s glad to see Schmadke be rewarded for his patient and work and the time he has put in.

Schmadeke says the record is “an awesome accomplishment” and says it also speaks to what the team did in scoring so many touchdowns.

He says he had no idea he even set a record. He says he was trying to find his parents and someone came up and told him he broke the record. The other record was set by the UNI defense which allowed Tech only two first downs in the game. The Panthers open the Missouri Valley Football race next week at Indiana State.

(Reporting by Elwin Huffman KOEL Oelwein)


Iowa has bye week to mull quarterback situation

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will have two weeks to mull over his quarterback situation. The Hawkeyes have this week off after grinding out a 24-10 win at Purdue. It was another ugly start for the offense as quarterback C.J. Beathard opened the scoring by throwing a 39 yard interception that was returned for a touchdown and that was followed by a string of dropped passes.

But after falling behind 10-0, Iowa scored the final 24 points of the game as they improved to 4-1 on the season. they return to action in two weeks by hosting Indiana.


Cyclones handled by Baylor, prepare to take on Oklahoma State

The Iowa State Cyclones will try to regroup this week as they prepare for a trip to Oklahoma State in Big 12 play. The Cyclones were no match for sixth ranked Baylor.

The Bears jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead then called off the dogs in the second half in a 49-28 win, a game in which they totaled more than 600 yards of offense. “Very pleased with the way our guys came out and played in the second half. quite honestly pleased with the way our guys finished up the first quarter,” ISU coach Paul Rhoads. He says they didn’t follow that play up in the second quarter.

The Cyclones drop to 1-3.