Folks, a brand new football season is finally upon us. After a grueling wait we are just one day away from watching high school teams all over the state take the field to make their 2017 debut. New this year on GlenwoodSports.com will be a series of articles posted every Thursday, consisting of a brief preview of every match up around the district, as well as predictions from Kevin and I. A running tally will be kept throughout the season, and the winner will receive… well, we haven’t got that far (probably just bragging rights). Without further ado, the week one District 7 Rundown:
Dallas Center-Grimes @ Adel-DeSoto-Minburn: ADM is coming off a 3-6 season and will have to replace a lot of guys in what looks to be a rebuilding year. Meanwhile, Dallas Center returns senior quarterback Damon Clapper who threw for just under 900 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Look for the Cowboys to hang a lot of points on a shaky ADM defense.
My pick: DCG 40, ADM 21
Kevin’s pick: DCG 34, ADM 14
Atlantic @ Clarinda: This game could be a struggle for both squads. Atlantic is coming off a rough 1-8 season, their only win coming by way of the 1-8 Clarinda Cardinals. Expect a low scoring game between two teams looking to have bounce back years.
My pick: Clarinda 20, Atlantic 10
Kevin’s pick: Atlantic 14, Clarinda 7
South Central Calhoun @ Carroll: The Carroll Tigers are looking to rebuild after graduating six first team and four second team all-district players. They will have a tough week one test against South Central Calhoun, who was a state playoff qualifier in 2A last season, finishing with a 7-3 record. Senior QB Hunter Muhlbauer will headline this Titans team that returns four first team all-district players in 2017. While the numbers point toward SCC, the 2A vs. 3A factor always comes into play. Needless to say, this one could be close.
My pick: Carroll 34, South Central Calhoun 28
Kevin’s pick: South Central Calhoun 28, Carroll 24
Creston @ Boone: This game will undoubtedly have some bad blood. After winning a 28-7 blowout in week one last season, Creston met Boone once again in the first round of the state playoffs. This time all-state RB Chase Shiltz was nursing a leg injury, and Boone knocked the 8-1 Panthers out in the first round with a one point victory. You better believe Creston has been chomping at the bit to get another shot at the Toreadors. Not to mention Boone loses their starting quarterback, running back and top four tacklers from last season. Expect some Panther vengeance.
My pick: Creston 38, Boone 17
Kevin’s pick: Creston 27, Boone 21
Denison @ CB Thomas Jefferson: Ram fans should keep an eye on this one, as Glenwood will travel up to Council Bluffs Stadium to take on TJ next week. The Jackets return one of the state’s top running backs in junior Cameron Baker, who ran for 171 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown last season in this match up. Denison QB and go-to playmaker Evan Wiebers will need a huge game for the Monarchs to have a shot against a hard-nosed TJ team.
My pick: TJ 40, Denison 24
Kevin’s pick: TJ 35, Denison 27
CB Abraham Lincoln @ Glenwood: After a trip to the state semi finals in 2016, the Rams make their debut at home against an AL team that is considerably low on numbers this season. The Lnyx will likely run their offense through their 250+ pound beast of a halfback in Jasper Stottlemyer. Glenwood will need to be strong up front, which shouldn’t be an issue with all-state defensive lineman Caleb Sanders leading the charge. Look for a pretty easy win for the Rams in this one.
My pick: Glenwood 43, AL 12
Kevin’s pick: Glenwood 42, AL19
Game of the Week - Lewis Central @ Harlan: This 4A-3A clash pits fifth ranked Lewis Central against tenth ranked Harlan in a match up that is one of the most intriguing games across the entire state in week one. The Cyclones will be led by a one-two punch on offense consisting of first team all-district running back Nick Foss and second team all-district quarterback Deren Schmitz. The Titans will be led by one of the most talked about players in the state, Max Duggan. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound junior is currently ranked as the eighth best pro-style quarterback recruit in the nation for the class of 2019, and has received scholarship offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Nebraska and Iowa, just to name a few. However, everyone knows one player can’t make a team. That said, Harlan seems to be the better all-around team in this one, not to mention they are at home. This game will be decided by which defense can show up and nab a few important stops, especially late in the game. Expect an entertaining, back and forth barn burner.
My pick: Harlan 49, Lewis Central 42
Kevin’s pick: Lewis Central 48, Harlan 45
Winterset @ Bondurant-Farrar: This game is another one that could raise some eyebrows. Winterset’s cornerstone will be their defense, led by senior all-district linebacker Connor Van Pelt, who racked up 100 tackles (yes, 100) last season (first in district seven). However, the Huskies will face what looks to be a very high powered Bondurant-Farrar offense in their season debut. The Bluejays return their leading passer, rusher and receiver from last season, which is almost unheard of in high school football. While I don’t know a lot about this team, the numbers seem to point toward the Bluejays in this match up, especially considering it will be played in Bondurant. Nonetheless, this could be an interesting battle.
My pick: Bondurant-Farrar 31, Winterset 20
Kevin’s pick: Bondurant-Farrar 35, Winterset 21