Two of the unbeaten teams in class 3A district four collide as seven ranked Union of LaPorte City plays host to an eighth ranked Marion team that is also 6-0.
Union coach Joe Hadachek says it will be a great football game against a team with a great tradition. He says they seek to have that same tradition. Hadachek says the game will match teams with similar styles.
Weather could play a factor and the evening temperature could plunge into the upper 30s. He says it could be “a greasy track” with sloppy conditions.
Two of the three teams that are unbeaten in 3A district seven action will meet as third rated Carroll visits number six Ballard of Huxley. Carroll coach Denny McCartan says it will be a great test for his team. He says it gives you a good indication of where your team is at as they are a great team, and if you can play well with them, you can play against most teams in the state.
A victory would not only provide a big step toward a district title but also help in the seeding process when the post-season begins. He says the number one team in the district plays the number four team and you can get off to a better start in substate.
It will be the coldest night of the season so far but McCartan says if it remains dry the conditions should not be a factor. He says they can wear gloves and stay warm without changing the game plan.
Class 4A fourth rated Clinton is on track for its best season in more than 20 years and the River Kings will be at home against Pleassant Valley. At 6-0, the River Kings are in search of their first outright Mississippi Athletic Conference title since 1985. That is also the last time the program finished a regular season unbeaten.
Coach Lee Camp says the turnaround began last season when they nearly upset Bettendorf in the sub-state round after a 4-5 regular season. Camp says it’s exciting as a coach, but he’s excited for the kids who have bought into the system.
Pleasant Valley comes into the game with a record of 4-2, and he says they have three real tough opponents left. Camp says the key matchup will be Clinton’s defensive line against Pleasant Valley’s offensive front. He says the defensive line has done a good job of occupying the line and freeing up the linebackers. Camp says they need to win that battle again.
The UNI-Dome will host a matchup between a pair of rated teams in class 1A as fifth rated South Winneshiek battles number seven Denver with the outright lead in district three on the line. This game will feature two explosive offenses.
South Winn coach Jason Ohrt says they are more east and west with the option game and his team is more vertical. He says every win is big in a district loaded with quality teams. Last year there were six teams with winning records in the district and this year there could be five, and he says that makes getting wins tough.