In eight man football action tonight, third rated Essex visits number 10 Hamburg and the winner claims the district six championship.
Essex coach Mike Almquist says it’s something the seniors have talked about since last spring. He says every game has been a steppingstone. Almquist says it may not be a playoff game but everything is on the line. He says he’s told his team this is the reason you play sports.
A dozen of the spots in the 3A field are spoken for but a couple of games will determine district titles. One of those finds number four Grinnell at home against Williamsburg. Grinnell coach Jim Dunne says in a game like this mistakes can be the difference. He says they can’t afford to fumble the ball or throw interceptions. He says in a game of good teams, you have to minimize your mistakes.
The Raiders lost their first two non-district games but have reeled off six straight wins since and now will bid for a district title. Raiders coach Curt Richie says it has played out a little different than what they though, but he says they’ll just go out and play and try to win the title.