There will be plenty on the line in Oskaloosa on Saturday when William Penn hosts Grand View in a Mid-States Football Association clash. A Grand View victory means the third ranked Vikings claim the Midwest league title while the 16th ranked Statesmen need a win to keep their league title and playoff hopes alive.
“It’s every teams’s goal and everybody wants to achieve those goals, and fortunately for us we still control our own destiny,” William Penn coach Tod Hafner says. He says they have a different attitude this week and alot of that had to do with playing Grand View, the defending NAIA champions.
Hafner says his team will need to keep mistakes to a minimum as they have been turning the ball over too much lately. He says if they make mistakes against Grand View, it will cost them.
Because of the proximity of the two schools and the importance of the games they play this has developed into a heated rivalry. “our kids when it’s game week they don’t like each other, and sometimes when it’s not game week they don’t like each other either. Our coaching staffs like each other,” Hafner says. He says these games are fun because you know you are going to get your team’s best and the best from the other team.
Grand View has won seven straight and is 7-1. William Penn is 5-3.