We are one third of the way through the high school football season, and what have we seen so far?
In the Mississippi Valley Conference, it looks like a two horse race. Cedar Falls and their great running back Barkey Hill is ranked number one, and perennial power Iowa City High has reloaded and is ranked number two in the state. In all probability, these two will meet at the state tournament, with the winner probably taking on the Valley-Dowling winner for the state title. One note here, Cedar Falls plays a whole lot better at home in the UNI-Dome then they do on the road. And due to playoff weather, the Tigers can play under the roof for most of the playoffs.
There are two other teams that could break the stranglehold in the Valley. They are Xavier and Linn Mar. The X men haven't been scored on yet, and Linn Mar is running all over everyone in their beautiful new stadium. These are two solid teams, that are improving each week. Count on them to be in the mix also. It wouldn't be a huge surprise if either of them would show up on the season's final night also.
Taking a look at other Metro teams, Kennedy has struggled a bit early, but it looks like their ship may be staightening out. They hammered Washingon last week, and it is possible the Cougars may be looking to make a run to the postseason. Remember they did this last year, losing a bunch early, then getting into the playoffs, then knocking out Xavier. It can happen again.
Washington was dealt a huge blow early in the season, losing speedy running back Will Griffin to injury and quarterback A.J. Puk to baseball. They won their first two games, before flaming out to CR Kennedy last week. If anyone can get them to perform well inspite of the odds, it's Coach Tony Lombardi. Lets put these guys in the 'we'll see' category.
Prairie has a new look and coach, and is making improvement. Give the Hawks a year or so to get used to Mike Morrissey's new system, and they should be okay. By the way, the renovated John Wall Field looks great.
Jefferson continues to struggle, but some of their assistant coaches tell me that they are improved. After going 0-9 last year, and starting out at 0-3, the hill will get steeper.
From around the area, Iowa City West is 2-1, coming off their defeat to City High last week for the 'Boot'. The Trojans have a great player in qb Charles Rogers, and will be a tough out for anyone. IC Reginia is 3-0, and looking to repeat in Class 2-A. Four time defending champion Solon, is 2-1, losing only to Regina. Insiders tell me that this isn't a championship team for the Spartans, but they should last into the second round in 3-A.
Friday night high school football. There is no place better to be.