Dowling Catholic bowled over Johnston at East's Williams Stadium. Photo courtesy of The Des Moines Register.

Football playoff picture – Round 1 complete

After a slow start, Valley dominated Lewis Central with three touchdowns and a field goal in the first half. Photo: David Mable/CISN

After a slow start, Valley dominated Lewis Central with three touchdowns and a field goal in the first half. Photo: David Mable/CISN

Part of the appeal of downsizing to 16 teams per class for the postseason was to avoid the first-round blowouts that often took place when the field featured 32 teams. On the whole, the level of competition during Friday’s games was much better, but the night was not without a handful of lopsided results.

Three winning teams from the CIML won in dominating fashion. No. 1 Valley trounced Lewis Central 45-7, while No. 2 Dowling rolled over Johnston 41-6.

CLASS 4A

Valley 45 -Lewis Central 7

WEST DES MOINES, Ia. – Rocky Lombardi threw for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for Valley to lead the Tigers past Lewis Central.

A diving catch by Austin Hinkle puts another 6 points on the board for Valley. Photo: David Mable/CISN

A diving catch by Austin Hinkle puts another 6 points on the board for Valley. Photo: David Mable/CISN

Lombardi was 10-for-15, throwing two touchdown passes to Tariq Brown and one to Austin Hinkle. Valley totaled 459 yards of offense and shut out Lewis Central until the fourth quarter.

Lewis Central’s Max Duggan ran for a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.

Valley will host Ankeny Centennial in round 2 at home.

Dowling Catholic 41, Johnston 6

DES MOINES, Ia. Cole Deskin led the Dowling offense with a pair

Dowling Catholic bowled over Johnston at East's Williams Stadium. Photo courtesy of The Des Moines Register.

Dowling Catholic bowled over Johnston at East’s Williams Stadium. Photo courtesy of The Des Moines Register.

of touchdowns in a win over Johnston. Deskin finished with 127 rushing yards on the night. Johnston scored its lone touchdown in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Brock Studer to make it 7-6 Dowling, but the Dragons couldn’t keep up the rest of the game.

Jeran Proctor led Johnston with 68 receiving yards.

Waukee 52, Southeast Polk 21

WAUKEE, Ia. – Quarterback Drew Johnson led the Warriors by passing for three touchdowns and running for two more.

After a first half which Southeast Polk kept within reach, SEP couldn't keep Waukee out of the end zone in the second half. Photo: David Mable/CISN

After a first half which Southeast Polk kept within reach, SEP couldn’t keep Waukee out of the end zone in the second half. Photo: David Mable/CISN

“That was a fun game,” Johnson said. “I thought I played pretty well. I just wanted to focus on leading the offense down the field. Our offensive line did a good job, getting pushes up front. That’s how it all starts.”

Waukee advances to the quarterfinals for a rematch against second-ranked Dowling Catholic. The Maroons won the regular-season game 37-0.

Southeast Polk finishes the year at 5-5.

Ankeny Centennial 34, Ankeny Hawks 24

ANKENY, Ia — Ankeny Centennial scored 27 in the first half to put cross-town rival Ankeny on their heels. All was quiet in the third quarter but the the Hawks made it a game in Q4 by putting 14 on the board, closing the 17-point gap left over from the half. It wasn’t enough and after an additional touchdown by Centennial, the final score was 34-24. Centennial travels to West Des Moines to take on Valley next week.

CLASS 1A

Pella Christian 49, Sigourney-Keota 0

PELLA, Ia. – David Kacmarynski paced the Pella Christian offense, throwing four touchdown passes and scoring on a touchdown run of his own. Kacmarynski finished with 128 rushing yards and 189 passing yards.

Avery Moore led Sigourney-Keota with 17 rushes for 79 yards.

 

Van Meter 21, ASHTW (Avoca) 14 (OT)

VAN METER, Ia. – Van Meter missed a field goal to win the game in regulation as time expired, but the Bulldogs pulled out a victory on an overtime touchdown from Carson Rhodes. Rhodes finished with a team-high 222 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Gage Clay scored a touchdown on an 82-yard interception return to tie the game at 14 apiece for AHSTW.

 

Madrid 27, Pleasantville 20

PLEASANTVILLE, Ia. – Senior Michael Santi led Madrid to a victory over Pleasantville with three rushing touchdowns on the night. Santi finished with a team-high 159 rushing yards.

Gauge Van Haalen paced the Pleasantville offense with two touchdowns en route to 71 receiving yards.

 

No. 9 Waukee tackles Southeast Polk at home for round one.

Playoff Preview

West Des Moines Valley, led by QB Rocky Lombardy, remains unbeaten and at the top of the rankings. Photo by David Mable

West Des Moines Valley, led by QB Rocky Lombardy, remains unbeaten and at the top of the rankings. Photo by David Mable

Previewing the first round playoff matchups in Class 4A. All games start at 7 p.m. By Cody Goodwin

Council Bluffs, Lewis Central at No. 1 W.D.M. Valley
Lewis Central opened the season as one of the hottest teams in Class 4A, at 5-0, but stumbled down the stretch, losing two of its final three regular season games. Now the Titans get top-ranked and unbeaten Valley to open the playoffs.

No. 4 Ankeny Centennial vs. Ankeny at Northview Middle School
Ankeny and Centennial are meeting in the postseason for the first time ever. The Jaguars posted a 31-18 win over the Hawks in the regular season, but Ankeny enters Friday’s rematch on a six-game winning streak.

Dowling Catholic

Dowling Catholic will take a six game winning streak into the playoffs. Photo by David Mable.

Johnston vs. No. 2 W.D.M. Dowling Catholic at Williams Stadium
The Dragons have slowly rounded back into form just in time for the postseason. But their first-round opponent is as tough as any in three-time defending state champ Dowling Catholic, which also enters on a six-game winning streak during which it has outscored opponents 322-48.

No. 9 Waukee tackles Southeast Polk at home for round one.

No. 9 Waukee tackles Southeast Polk at home for round one. Photo by David Mable.

Southeast Polk at No. 9 Waukee
This is arguably the most-enticing first-round matchup in central Iowa. Waukee hasn’t lost since Week 4, at the hands of Dowling, and just ran their way to a District 1 crown. Southeast Polk overcame a 1-3 start to finish with four wins in its final five games.

Western Dubuque Epworth vs. No. 5 Cedar Rapids Washington at Kingston Stadium
Aside from the Week 6 hiccup to Cedar Falls, CR Washington has rolled this year, a run punctuated by wins over Waterloo West, Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Prairie. The Warriors should be clear favorites over an Epworth team that beat Cedar Falls but lost to Waterloo West.

No. 10 Iowa City High at North Scott Eldridge
City High has had a roller coaster of a season. The Little Hawks lost to Ames, shut down a potent Iowa City West, won three straight road games, then lost bad to Bettendorf at home. Now City High gets to play at North Scott. Win and move on, or lose and go home.

Bettendorf will be looking for a win against Iowa City in the first round. Photo by David Mable

Bettendorf will be looking for a win against Iowa City in the first round. Photo by David Mable

No. 8 Iowa City West at No. 6 Bettendorf
This is the best first-round match in Class 4A — at least on paper. Nobody’s playing better than Bettendorf, which has won six straight by an average of 29 points per game. Iowa City West has rounded back into the explosive form of which it is capable, averaging 49 points per game over its last four. Should be fun.

No. 7 Waterloo West at No. 3 Cedar Rapids Prairie
Prairie lost its season opener to CR Washington but has rattled off eight straight wins since. Of those eight, all but one was by at least two possessions. The Hawks now get a dangerous Waterloo West squad that’s coming off its first loss of the season.

Central Iowa selections
Boone at 3A-7 Creston
This is a rematch from the regular-season opener, which Creston won, 28-7. Both teams are coming off losses in their regular-season finales. The winner advances to the Class 3A quarterfinals.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton at 3A-3 Carroll
Carroll ran the table in the regular season, outscoring its competition 340-148, the most impressive of which, arguably, was a 49-21 win over previously unbeaten Creston last week. Now the Tigers get a tough Sergeant Bluff-Luton that’s fresh off a gutting loss to Storm Lake in the season finale.

Oskaloosa at 3A-2 Pella
Pella begins its trek toward a third straight state title with Oskaloosa at home. The Little Dutch made easy work of the regular season, averaging 42.8 points per game and winning each contest by at least 22 points, and often more. Now the fun begins.

Cody Goodwin covers high school sports and college basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. Reach him at (515) 783-4458, email him at cgoodwin2@dmreg.com, or send him a tweet at @codygoodwin.

West Des Moines Valley, led by QB Rocky Lombardy, remains unbeaten and at the top of the rankings. Photo by David Mable

Football rankings: Unbeaten teams fall. Standings shuffle.

By John Naughton, the Des Moines Register

West Des Moines Valley, led by QB Rocky Lombardy, remains unbeaten and at the top of the rankings. Photo by David Mable

West Des Moines Valley, led by QB Rocky Lombardi, remains unbeaten and at the top of the rankings. Photo by David Mable

The number of unbeaten football teams in Iowa is dwindling. And the dogfight continues in the Des Moines Sunday Register’s football rankings.

Seven previously undefeated teams lost for the first time Friday.

That drops the number of schools without a loss to 28 with two weeks left in the regular season.

Class 4A is down to just three unbeatens: No. 1 West Des Moines Valley, No. 2 Ankeny Centennial and No. 6 Waterloo West.

In 3A, Pella topped previously unbeaten Norwalk 38-0 to run its winning streak to 35 games.

The other top-ranked teams: 3A Cedar Rapids Xavier, 2A North Fayette Valley of West Union, 1A Iowa City Regina, Class A St. Ansgar and eight-player Fremont-Mills of Tabor.

Here are the Register’s rankings:

Unbeaten Ankeny Centennial stays at No. 2 after knocking off Ames 55-0. Photo by David Mable

Unbeaten Ankeny Centennial stays at No. 2 after knocking off Ames 55-0. Photo by David Mable

CLASS 4A

1. W.D.M. VALLEY (7-0) beat Indianola 49-10

2. ANKENY CENTENNIAL (7-0) beat Ames 55-0

3. W.D.M. DOWLING (6-1) beat C.B. Abraham Lincoln 56-13

4. IOWA CITY HIGH (6-1) beat Muscatine 36-28

5. C.R. PRAIRIE (6-1) beat Linn-Mar (Marion) 49-14

6. WATERLOO WEST (7-0) beat Cedar Falls 21-14

7. C.R. WASHINGTON (6-1) beat Mason City 30-7

8. BETTENDORF (5-2) beat Davenport North 38-0

9. IOWA CITY WEST (5-2) beat C.R. Kennedy 24-10

10. C.B. LEWIS CENTRAL (5-1) lost to Ankeny 28-14

CLASS 3A

1. C.R. XAVIER (7-0) beat Waverly-Shell Rock 42-0

2. PELLA (7-0) beat Norwalk 38-0

3. CRESTON/ORIENT-MACKSBURG (7-0) beat Glenwood 27-24

4. CARROLL (7-0) beat Denison-Schleswig 35-17

5. SOLON (6-1) beat Mount Pleasant 26-0

6. WEBSTER CITY (6-1) beat Perry 55-0

7. STORM LAKE (7-0) beat Spirit Lake 41-3

8. NORWALK (6-1) lost to Pella 38-0

9. WEST DELAWARE (6-1) beat Dubuque Wahlert 42-7

10. BOONE (6-1) beat Ballard (Huxley) 35-13

Dowling Catholics single loss to WDM Valley keeps them from moving up from No. 3. Photo by David Mable.

Dowling Catholics single loss to WDM Valley keeps them from moving up from No. 3. Photo by David Mable.

CLASS 2A

1. NORTH FAYETTE VALLEY (7-0) beat Waterloo Columbus 17-0 (forfeit)

2. BOYDEN-HULL/ROCK VALLEY (6-1) beat MOC-FV (Orange City) 56-8

3. WILLIAMSBURG (6-1) beat West Liberty 36-14

4. CENTRAL LYON/GLR (6-1) beat Cherokee 20-18

5. UNION (LAPORTE CITY) (7-0) beat Waukon 37-16

6. PCM (MONROE) (6-1) beat Eddyville-Blakesburg/Fremont 49-0

7. NEW HAMPTON (6-1) beat Osage 50-14

8. CRESTWOOD (CRESCO) (5-2) beat Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 33-22

9. CARROLL KUEMPER (6-1) beat Red Oak 41-7

10. DIKE-NEW HARTFORD (5-2) beat Roland-Story 42-3

CLASS 1A

1. IOWA CITY REGINA (6-1) beat Van Buren (Keosauqua) 56-8

2. PELLA CHRISTIAN (7-0) beat Plesantville 56-20

3. MADRID (7-0) beat Eagle Grove 56-16

4. VAN METER (7-0) beat beat West Central Valley (Stuart) 69-6

5. DENVER (7-0) beat MFL/Mar-Mac (Monona) 56-14

6. WESTERN CHRISTIAN (HULL) (6-1) beat West Lyon 21-17

7. AHSTW (AVOCA) (7-0) beat OA-BCIG (Ida Grove) 17-12

8. BELLEVUE (7-0) beat Clayton Ridge (Guttenberg) 52-45

9. HINTON (6-1) beat Sibley-Ocheyedan 34-14

10. LOGAN-MAGNOLIA (6-1) beat Missouri Valley 51-10

CLASS A

1. ST. ANSGAR (7-0) beat Mason City Newman 41-21

2. ALGONA GARRIGAN (7-0) beat Ridge View (Holstein) 32-6

3. LYNNVILLE-SULLY (7-0) beat New London 17-14

4. C.B. ST. ALBERT (7-0) beat Southwest Valley (Corning) 33-0

5. GLADBROOK-REINBECK (7-0) beat Hudson 43-5

6. WEST SIOUX (7-0) beat MVAO (Mapleton) 42-7

7. WEST HANCOCK (6-1) beat Rockford 65-6

8. LISBON (6-1) beat Postville 39-15

9. HUDSON (6-1) lost to Gladbrook-Reinbeck 43-5

10. MONTEZUMA (5-2) beat North Mahaska 41-0

EIGHT-PLAYER

1. FREMONT-MILLS (TABOR) (7-0) beat Exira-EHK 50-21

2. AUDUBON (7-0) beat Glidden-Ralston 56-16

3. TURKEY VALLEY(JACKSON JCT.) (7-0) beat Northwood-Kensett 52-27

4. LONE TREE (7-0) beat Easton Valley (Preston) 73-14

5. HARRIS-LAKE PARK (7-0) beat Newell-Fonda 33-27

6. TWIN CEDARS (BUSSEY) (7-0) beat Meskwaki Settlement 64-20

7. DON BOSCO (GILBERTVILLE) (6-1) beat West Central (Maynard) 86-20

8. GRAETTINGER-TERRIL/RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE (6-1) beat Clay Central-Everly 58-29

9. COON RAPIDS-BAYARD (6-1) beat River Valley (Correctionville) 61-12

10. MIDLAND (WYOMING) (6-1) beat Springville 56-37

Used with permission from the Des Moines Register
John Naughton, jnaughton@dmreg.com

14231836_698558950309983_2628179207802491394_o

Valley continues superb start with rout of Waukee

14195914_698558603643351_8768936123452508750_oWAUKEE, Ia. — Last week, Valley’s offense rolled up a big win. This time, it was the defense and special teams that brought a victory.

No. 2 Valley’s Noah Barr returned a blocked field goal 61 yards for a touchdown and Cole Hahn kicked two field goals to beat No. 7 Waukee 34-7 in a top-10 football matchup Friday at Waukee Stadium.

A week ago, Valley routed Bettendorf 49-13.

The Tigers (2-0) held Waukee without a score until the fourth quarter Friday. Waukee was held to 33 yards rushing.

“We’re really depending on our defense to be the anchor of our team,” said Barr, a senior cornerback and special teams standout.

The Tigers tackled Waukee’s punter inside the Warrior 10-yard line to set up another score.

PHOTOS BY DAVE MABLE FOR CISN.tv

Javon Mason was Valley’s top offensive threat. He rushed for 168 yards on 12 carries and raced for touchdowns of 52 and 2 yards.

14231836_698558950309983_2628179207802491394_oValley led 13-0 at halftime. Hahn kicked field goals of 25 and 52 yards and Mason broke loose for a 52-yard score.

The special-teams units helped Valley pull away in the third quarter.

Waukee (1-1) set up for a field-goal attempt that was blocked at the line.

Barr swooped in to pick up the ball and ran all the way to the end zone.

“It was absolutely awesome,” Barr said.

A Waukee punt attempt deep inside its own territory was foiled on a bad snap. Valley tackled the Waukee punter at the 6-yard line. Mason ran for his second touchdown two plays later.

Valley’s Luke Matney caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tony Lombardi early in the fourth quarter.

Waukee’s Drew Johnson ran for his team’s only score on a 2-yard run with 5:42 left in the game. He passed for 171 yards. Teammate Jordan Perry led Waukee with 61 yards rushing.

Valley will face Dowling Catholic next week in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup.

Used with permission: The Des Moines Register, John Naughton, jnaughton@dmreg.com
Photos by David Mable, CISN.tv

Oct 3, 20  Ames Little Cyclone Andrew Franzen catches a TD pass against the Southeast Polk Rams in the first half on Friday night at Rams Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-For the Register.

A look inside: Ames Little Cyclones

Oct 3, 20 Ames Little Cyclone Andrew Franzen catches a TD pass against the Southeast Polk Rams in the first half on Friday night at Rams Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-For the Register.

Oct 3, 20 Ames Little Cyclone Andrew Franzen catches a TD pass against the Southeast Polk Rams in the first half on Friday night at Rams Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-For the Register.

By R.H. Slaughter

The Ames Little Cyclones looks to rebound after a 4-6 campaign in 2015, but that takes on a bigger meaning as Dowling Catholic and Ankeny Centennial looms in their district. With 12 returning letterwinners, the smallest that Coach Bruce Vertanen can recall, the strength for the Little Cyclones will be on offense.

Junior Joe Evans (106-178, 5 Ints, 17 TDs), who played in a few games last fall after injuries to Michael Frankl and Ethan Hahn, will be the signal-caller, with OL Taylor Blackwell and Colin Newell anchoring upfront. Evans will have a full WR corp to utilize in the passing game in Logen Wallen (17 receptions, 202 yds, 0 TDs), Carter Munn, and Ethan Hahn, who moves from the QB spot.

Last year, the defense was Ames’ strong suit. This year, LB Marcus Coleman is the lone defensive starter returning. Ames will have to build a defensive unit around Coleman. Punter Adam Rademacher is nationally ranked in punting in the nation.

Interesting fact: Evans’ father, Spence, coached 4 years at Johnston, and Joe’s grandfather, Bob, was a legendary coach for the Mt. Pleasant Panthers. Ames will also play three opponents that they have not played against in over a decade (DM Lincoln, 2001; CB Lincoln, 2003; SC West, 2007).

AHSlogo_LittleCyclonesAmes Little Cyclones 2016

Class/Districts: 4A, District 2

2015 Record: 4-6 overall, 3-2 districts

Head Coach: Bruce Vertanen

Playoffs: lost to WDM Valley, 50-7, in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs

Returning starters names/position on Defense: Marcus Coleman (LB), Ethan Rademacher (P)

Returning starters names/position on Offense: Joe Evans (QB), Colin Newell (OL), Tayilon Blackwell (OL), Logan Wallen (WR), Carter Mumm (WR), Ethan Hahn (WR)

Returning Letterwinners: 12

Any athletes being recruited or interested in playing at the next level? Any commits already in your sport or another one?  OL Colin Newell and LB Marcus Coleman are Iowa St. commits.

Offense scheme:  Multiple

Defense scheme: 4-2-5

Assistant coaches (any changes?): Vance Downs, Tracy Rial, Mike Shane, Kyle VanWinkle, Kerry VanWinkle, Graham Lundt, Joel Sullivan, Jesse Von Behren, Jamie Smith, Ian Smith, Joe Bappe

Big questions for the season: Replacing defensive starters and the number of returning letterwinners (12), is of concern to Vertanen

Your opinion on the Top 4 teams in Class 4A: Dowling, Ankeny Centennial

 

2016 Little Cyclones Schedule

08/26 Marshalltown

09/02 @ Cedar Falls

09/09 @ Iowa City High

09/16 Fort Dodge

09/23 @ Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln

09/30 Sioux City West

10/07 Ankeny Centennial

10/14 @ Des Moines Hoover

10/21 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic

 

Bold –  denotes district play

The Indianola football team takes the field on Pass for Pink night. Indianola hosted Mason City on Oct. 16 with the Indians winning 30-21.

A look inside: Indianola Indians

The Indianola football team takes the field on Pass for Pink night. Indianola hosted Mason City on Oct. 16 with the Indians winning 30-21.

The Indianola football team takes the field on Pass for Pink night. Indianola hosted Mason City on Oct. 16 with the Indians winning 30-21.

By R.H. Slaughter

Indianola looks to be one of 16 teams to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs. In order to do that, the Indians have one goal in mind: finish in the top two in 4A District 4 and find a way to knock off perennial powers West Des Moines Valley and Southeast Polk. Indianola finished with a 5-5 record, which ended in a 49-7 first round playoff loss to Ankeny High in 2015.

Coach Eric Kluver will rely on 4 returning starters among 15 letterwinners, including RB Kade Kolarik (88 carries, 448 total rushing yds, 4 TDs) and Eagen Lickiss and Dan Mindermann on the offensive line. Chris Brandt is the lone defensive starter returning at K (9-14 FGs).

Kluver’s biggest concern is the lack of depth on both sides of the football, as many of the players who will suit up has little experience playing on the varsity level. Indianola graduated 19 seniors, 8 of them were All-District players.

indianola-iaIndianola Indians 2016

Class/Districts: 4A, District 4

2015 Record: 5-5 overall, 2-3 districts

Head Coach: Eric Kluver

Playoffs: lost to Ankeny, 49-7, in the first round of the 2015 4A playoffs

Returning starters names/position on Defense: Chris Brandt (K),

Returning starters names/position on Offense: Kade Kolarik (RB), Dan Mindermann (OL), Eagan Lickiss (OL)

Returning Letterwinners: 4

Any athletes being recruited or interested in playing at the next level? Any commits already in your sport or another one?  Eagan Lickiss has committed to South Dakota State.

Offense scheme:  I-formation

Defense scheme: 4-3

Assistant coaches (any changes?): none

Big questions for the season: How will the team respond and adapt to being on the varsity level with only 4 returning starters. Depth and staying healthy will be crucial to the Indians’ success.

Your opinion on the Top 4 teams in Class 4A: WDM Valley

 

2016 Indians Schedule

08/26 Norwalk

09/02 @ Ottumwa

09/09 Des Moines Hoover

09/16 Ankeny

09/23 @ Southeast Polk

09/30 Marshalltown

10/07 WDM Valley

10/14 @ Fort Dodge

10/21 @ Newton

 

Bold –  denotes district play

 

WAUKEE vs URBANDALE Football
Waukee's Drew Johnson gives it his all to bring down Urbandale's Jevon Burnside during the Urbandale vs Waukee football game held at Urbandale Friday night. (Conrad Schmidt/Special to the Register)

A look inside: Urbandale J-Hawks

 

By R.H. Slaughter

WAUKEE vs URBANDALE Football Waukee's Drew Johnson gives it his all to bring down Urbandale's Jevon Burnside during the Urbandale vs Waukee football game held at Urbandale Friday night. (Conrad Schmidt/Special to the Register)

WAUKEE vs URBANDALE Football
Waukee’s Drew Johnson gives it his all to bring down Urbandale’s Jevon Burnside during the Urbandale vs Waukee football game held at Urbandale Friday night. (Conrad Schmidt/Special to the Register)

After qualifying for the playoffs in 2015, the Urbandale J-Hawks know that much more is expected if they are to get back to the playoffs. A 6-4 record this season will not make the cut. The IAHSAA has reduced the post-season field from 32 back to 16 this year for all classes.

With 10 returning starters (5 each on offense and defense), the J-Hawks face a tough non-district schedule to kick off the 2016 campaign (Waukee, @ Dowling Catholic, Johnston).

Senior George Reis returns at quarterback (55-108, 9 ints, 12 TDs), while Tavien Gardner and Jevon Burnside will become the featured running backs. Both of them replaces graduating seniors Vernon Chetham and Alex Newberg. Reis, Gardner and Burnside has combined 14 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards rushing last fall. Blake Lange is back at receiver (22-590, 6 TDs).  Gardner will be called upon to help out at receiver, as junior Brennan Kennedy (5-68, 1 TD) will have a larger role in the receiving corp.

On defense, junior Erik Milewsky returns with 64 total tackles to lead the J-Hawks, with seniors Nate Stolze, Derek Mowrey, Turner Ellis, and junior Chris Miller with over 20 total tackles individually. Stolze leads the team with 3 interceptions last fall.

Urbandale J-Hawks 2016urbandale-ia

Class/Districts: 4A, District 3

2015 Record: 6-4 overall, 4-1 districts

Head Coach: Sam Anderson

Playoffs: lost to Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 21-10, in the first round.

Returning starters names/position on Defense: 5 Erik Milewsky, Nate Stolze, Derek Mowrey, Turner Ellis, Chris Miller

Returning starters names/position on Offense: 5 George Reis, Jevon Burnside, Tavien Gardner, Blake Lange

Returning Letterwinners: 28

Any athletes being recruited or interested in playing at the next level? Any commits already in your sport or another one?  Numerous are being recruited, but no commitments

Offense scheme:  Flexbone option

Defense scheme: 4-2-5

Assistant coaches (any changes?):

Team Goals: “Compete every week.”

Big questions for the season: Building depth upfront

Your opinion on the Top 4 teams in Class 4A: Dowling, Valley, Bettendorf, SEP

2016 J-Hawks Schedule

08/26 Waukee

09/02 @ Dowling Catholic

09/09 Johnston

09/16 @ Mason City

09/23 Lewis Central

09/30 Des Moines, North

10/07 @ Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson

10/14 Des Moines, Hoover

10/21 @ Ankeny
Bold –  denotes district play