Welcome back, Iowa high school football. Matthieu Bain here.
Is it just me, or was it the longest offseason in recorded history? It’s like feeling 42-14 victory of Ankeny over the south-east of Polk in the Class 4A 2020 state title game was, oh, about three years ago. Law?
It’s obvious why. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed life down in ways we never would have understood before we went through it. The pages of our calendars turned at a snail’s pace as the world adjusted to the new reality of experiencing a pandemic.
But we are here now. Under the Friday night lights again. Please be smart. Be careful. That way, next season things can look even more normal than they currently are.
We are particularly excited for this fall as we have a larger workforce than ever. The Ames Tribune and the Burlington Hawkeye joined the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen in the USA TODAY Network, so we now have five reporters statewide. And soon we’ll be adding a sixth to Alyssa Hertel, who will be taking over a good chunk of recruiting now that I’m an Associate Sports Writer.
Tonight Cody Goodwin (@codygoodwin) is displayed at Southeast Polk as the No.1 host of the No.2 Rams Dowling Catholic in what could be a preview of the Class 5A title game in Week 1. Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) is finished at the Valley Stadium where the No.5 Tigers host Waukee Northwest in Wolves’ first-ever football game.
A little further north, Joe Randleman (@JoeRandleman) covers Class 4A # 7 Nevada as the Cubs Boone host. To the east, Dargan Southard (@Dargan_Southard) will be in Iowa City to see a shock of new head coaches as Mitch Moore’s Iowa City High Little Hawks travel to play James Harris’s Iowa City Liberty Lightning. And Joe Geren is on duty in Burlington as the Grayhounds host Washington.
I’ll be posted on my couch, keeping my eyes and ears open to monitor everything happening across the state tonight. Check back here, as I will be updating this blog live overnight. Essentially, you can think of this as your one stop shop for everything related to Iowa High School Football Week 1.
8:27 p.m. Jaxon Smolik with a broken collarbone
This is brutal and brutal news for Dowling Catholic.
Starting quarterback Jaxon Smolik, our No.19 prospect in the 2023 State who was set for a big junior season, left the game in the second quarter holding his chest after a big hit. It turns out he broke his collarbone, according to Catholic Radio.
Jake English is now the Maroons’ starting quarterback. Southeast Polk entered the second half with a 7-0 lead over Dowling.
8:20 p.m. Scores scores scores
Urbandale 13, Bettendorf 0
Lone Tree 22, Central City 0
Mason City 13, Fort Dodge 7
Riverside 21, Red oak 6
Glenwood 14, Atlantic 9
Missouri Valley 22, Shenandoah 14
Treynor 7, Saint-Albert 2
Denison-Schleswig 21, Carrol 0
8:07 p.m. The half-time scores are linked
Southeast Polk 7, Dowling Catholic 0
Waukee Northwest 14, West Des Moines Valley 5
ACGC 21, Greene County 7
Denver 21, Wapsie Valley 0
IKM-Manning 10, AHSTW 7
Ogden 19, Perry 0
South Central Calhoun 34, East Sac County 0
Wilton 13, Tipton 0
Iowa City Regina 10, Williamsburg 0
Humboldt 21, Town of Webster 0
Spirit Lake 15, Spencer 0
8:02 p.m. Dowling QB leaves the match
Dowling Catholic starting quarterback Jaxon Smolik, our No.19 prospect in the 2023 State, was hit hard in the second quarter against Southeast Polk and left the game holding his chest. He went to the locker room. Jake English is now in the game behind the center.
The Rams lead 7-0 at halftime after a 7-yard pass from Jaxon Dailey to Xavier Nwankpa.
7:53 p.m .: Mitch Moore’s City High debut
One thing’s for sure: Even though former Greene County and Des Moines Roosevelt head coach Mitch Moore doesn’t win his coaching debut at Iowa City High against Iowa City Liberty, his team’s uniforms are excellent. .
I know I know. I discuss important things, don’t I? Looks like the kickoff will be late for Dargan Southard and everyone in Iowa City.
7:45 p.m .: The Rams break through first
No.1-ranked Southeast Polk took a 7-0 lead over second-placed Dowling Catholic.
Jaxon Dailey found Xavier Nwankpa for a 7-yard touchdown with 8:02 left in the second quarter.
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7:37 PM Update on the game of the week
Southeast Polk’s No.1 against Catholic Dowling’s No.2 is scoreless after a quarter.
It has always been a fun game so far.
7:35 pm Wait … can he come by too?
So we all know (or you will soon find out) Kai Black of Urbandale as a star receiver with offers from Iowa State, Iowa and Wisconsin as he begins his junior season.
But he opened his eyes early Friday … with his arm?
Yeah. Apparently he’s got a good one too, as Black threw a 46-yard pass to Jaylen Ziegler to give Urbandale a 7-0 lead over Bettendorf in the first quarter of their clash in east-central Iowa.
7:28 pm Hawkeyes showing some love
The Iowa football Twitter account wished the state’s high school football players the best of luck on Friday night. The Hawkeyes are recruiting plenty of talent in the state and will no doubt be watching their performances tonight.
Some of the state’s main targets include: Xavier Nwankpa, 2022 Southeast Polk safety, 2023 Southeast Polk offensive lineman Kadyn Proctor, 2023 Pleasant Valley defensive end Andrew DePaepe, Ankeny quarterback. 2023 JJ Kohl, Urbandale 2023 catcher Kai Black and Marion 2023 athlete Alex Mota.
7:17 p.m. First points in the history of Waukee Northwest
Looks like a Tanner Spyksma rush.
7:15 p.m. Looks like Ankeny’s defense is the truth
Ankeny vs. Waukee isn’t even halfway through the first quarter and the Hawks are already leading 14-0. And both scores came in defense.
First, Reid Johnson recorded a pick of six. Then Braden Simonsen scored a blocked punt. We knew Ankeny’s defense would be good, perhaps among the best in the state, in 2021.
I think It was Week 1’s first touchdown as fullback Dominick Garth netted a rushing score for Marshalltown to take a 7-0 lead over Ames and Little Cyclones new head coach Brian Sauser.
7:05 p.m. Welcome to the action, Wolves
This is Waukee Northwest’s very first year, which means it’s Waukee Northwest’s very first year of football. Wolves make their debut at the perennial West Des Moines Valley powerhouse.
These white road uniforms look to clean.
7:00 p.m. Proven tradition
It’s nice to see the weekly tradition of obligatory journalist tweets “Hey, I’m here at Blank Stadium for Blank vs. Blank”. And some of those photos are getting so good these days. (Looking at you, Dargan and Cody.)
6:10 p.m. Storms in northern Iowa delay long-awaited season
The long-awaited season debut for several teams will not take place on Friday night due to storms in northern Iowa. Talk about a buzzkill.
Clear Lake’s home game against Iowa Falls-Alden has been rescheduled until 11 a.m. on Saturday. In Mason City, Newman Catholic’s home game against Central Springs has also been postponed to Saturday with game time to be determined.
Same story with Northwood-Kensett in Riceville, and AGWSR’s game in Belmond-Klemme has been postponed to Saturday at 11 a.m. The kick-off for Saint Ansgar’s home game against Osage has been postponed until 7:30 p.m.
Go away, rain.