This is the first district rundown of the 2018 regular season. Like last year, the district rundown will feature a brief preview of every game around Glenwood’s district (in alphabetical order), including what we believe will be the game of the week. Enjoy.
Current District 9 Standings:
Lewis Central (1-0)
Week two of the high school football season is here. Excitement was prevalent in the opening week, with four of the six games in Class 3A District 9 being decided by 10 points or less. The second chapter of the 2018 season has quite the slate of games:
Perry (0-1) @ ADM, Adel (1-0)
In week one, ADM picked up a 17-7 win over Bondurant-Farrar. After a rough going in 2017 in which they finished with a 1-8 record, the Tigers got off to a good start in what could be seen as a bounce-back season. Per usual, ADM relied heavily on the air attack as sophomore quarterback Tate Stine-Smith completed 15/23 passes for 172 yards and 2 TD. Senior wideout Lucas Heitz pulled in nine receptions for 112 yards and a score. The Tigers will be looking to notch their first 2-0 start since 2015 in their home opener against Perry Friday night. Perry dropped a 14-6 loss to Greene County last week.
Creston (0-1) @ Atlantic (1-0)
Creston started its season with a heart-breaking, 35-34 overtime loss to Chariton. The Panthers will try to rebound this week as they travel to Atlantic. After being moved down to Class 2A in the offseason, the Trojans nabbed their first win of the year with a 45-6 blowout of Saydel. Last year’s meeting between Atlantic and Creston was a close call, as the Trojans pulled out a 19-13 win. This could be another tight one, but being on the road, the Panthers will need a solid game on both sides of the ball to take down Atlantic.
Game of the Week: #10 Bishop Heelan (1-0) @ Glenwood (1-0)
This matchup is one of only two games in District 9 this week featuring two undefeated squads. The Rams knocked off rival Carroll in a 17-14 nail biter in week one. Glenwood leaned on a solid defensive performance and a few big plays through the air to sneak out a turnover-ridden victory. Senior receiver Colton Schutte caught two long passes for 118 yards, while senior running backs Noah Carter and Cooper Silvius combined for 178 yards on the ground. Glenwood’s defense was nothing short of terrific, as they held the Tigers to under 50 yards rushing and less than 200 yards in total offense. The Rams will likely need to be sharp in the run defense again, as they will go up against a Heelan ground attack that recorded over 200 yards in week one. They defeated Sioux City East in a 44-0 blowout, and cracked the DR Top 10 at number 10. The Crusaders were led by senior Tommy Schiltz, who carried the ball 17 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Despite being a non-district competition, every game matters this season with the new playoff system, and there is no doubt both teams will be keeping that in mind. Look for this to be a good one.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton (0-1) @ #7 Harlan (1-0)
Harlan annihilated Denison in week one, as senior quarterback Preston Mulligan threw for 268 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 49-7 victory. The Cyclones not only bombarded the skies, but they were also rolling on the ground, as senior running back Alex Schechinger carried the ball 20 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Harlan’s seemingly high-powered, versatile offense will take on a Sergeant Bluff defense that had the joy of facing Max Duggan and the Lewis Central Titans last week. The Warriors allowed over 450 total yards of offense, as they fell 42-14. They will look to bounce back against Kurt Bladt’s Cyclones in a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal game, which Harlan won 41-15. Everyone knows Harlan is tough to beat on the road, so Sergeant Bluff will need a solid game all around to knock off the seventh ranked Cyclones.
#2 Lewis Central (1-0) @ Carlisle (1-0)
As the newest addition to Class 3A this season, the previously 4A Titans flexed their muscles on 2017 state quarter finalists Sergeant Bluff in week one. Led by senior quarterback Max Duggan, Lewis Central cruised to a week one win. Duggan, a TCU commit, had 312 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns credited to his name in his senior debut. His favorite target was classmate Josh Simmons, who hauled in three catches for a whopping 143 yards, as well as the lone touchdown through the air. The Titans will be taking on Carlisle, who got the best of Winterset last week. The Wildcats gained nearly 300 yards rushing against the Huskies, but will need to be on the top of their game to keep pace with the fireworks show that is the Lewis Central offense. Don’t bet on any crazy upset here.
Bondurant-Farrar (0-1) @ Winterset (0-1)
This will be the only game in District 9 featuring two teams in search of their first win. As mentioned above, Bondurant-Farrar dropped a 17-7 loss to ADM, while Winterset was defeated by Carlisle 25-20. Both squads will be seeking a recovery victory Friday night. Winterset senior quarterback Casey Kleemeier completed five passes for 162 yards for two touchdowns, all amounting to an eye-popping QB rating of 280.1. Hunter Pashek was the Huskies’ leading runner, carrying the ball 14 times for 56 yards and a touchdown. Winterset will try to get out of the bottom of the District 9 standings with a victory in its 2018 home opener.
(*all stats courtesy of quikstatsiowa.com, all rankings courtesy of the Des Moines Register)