Baxter no way, 5-4/4-5 team. 10 returning player from a formerly 9 SR dominated team.
4 teams from 1 district. Montezuma might be better than some of them making it 5.
It depends on how good you think Midland and Remsen were last year. Baxter beat Midland mid year. They lost to Remsen early with 2 starting linemen out and then lost their all-state lineman when they were up 22-14 in the 2nd. They were competitive. They did lose many skill kids. They return a dynamic QB with all 3 OL returning. Maybe not 8-1, but should be competitive again.I am curious. How good was Baxter last year as a 8-1 team? Obviously they were ineligible for the 8-man playoffs. They lost several Sr's from last season, so I would agree a 5-4 season is likely.
Two big games Friday night.
HLV at New London. N-L returning QB, top RB and top 2 receivers. HLV didn't have a pass attempt Friday, they probably didn't need to but it's always good to use those games to practice all parts of your game. Picking New London
Gladbrook-Reinbeck at Don Bosco, G-R was pretty reliant on the passing game last year and lost a lot of those pieces. Picking the Dons
Lone Tree at Monte let us know how good SE Warren and Monte are. Flip a coin, mine came down Lone Tree
Looks like they will be without their best player/QB for the first half of the season. This week will be a good measuring point.I am interested to see how Gladbrook-Reinbeck does at 8-man this year. They still have some talent, but definitely not on the same level as a few years ago.
I expect this game will be either very good, or very revealing towards the district hierarchy. I have these two plus Iowa Valley and Lone Tree, slugging it out for the top spots. Montezuma & WACO could force their way in, but I'm not convinced yet. It looks like EV has improved, but will be hard pressed to win more than 2 in-district games. Either WMU or Tri-County will beat the other, that's it.What is everyone's thoughts of HLV @ New London? NL was solid last year in class A, and returns slot. HLV is always solid, and has a game under their belt to work out kinks. This should be a very telling game for New London, as they play HLV and Moravia back to back weeks, before district play opens up.
The IV player is Garrett Sims. This site selected him as pre-season Offensive POY for the district. He was moved to the O-line due to serious depth and size issues there. Kudos to the young man for putting team needs first, when he could have probably resisted. Hopefully he'll get a few chances at being rewarded for his dedication.IV's best RB/wrestler didn't carry the ball last week, played but minimal stats on defense. Hopefully he healthy or getting healthy. (no info, just guessing). Him healthy they are a contender for a playoff spot.
Monte vs LT will be telling this week..
I've never been a football coach but.... I think If I had the pre season OPOY I would find someone else to stick on the line.The IV player is Garrett Sims. This site selected him as pre-season Offensive POY for the district. He was moved to the O-line due to serious depth and size issues there. Kudos to the young man for putting team needs first, when he could have probably resisted. Hopefully he'll get a few chances at being rewarded for his dedication.
I'm sure I'm just an optimistic homer, but I think my Lions will win comfortably at Montezuma.
I'm not privvy to their decision making process, but can assume that they felt a lot more comfortable with their depth in the backfield than on the line. In the season opener, four guys combined for 244 yards on 18 carries before they turned it over to the reserves.I've never been a football coach but.... I think If I had the pre season OPOY I would find someone else to stick on the line.