Cardinal looking for positive ending to seasonVan Buren still in the playoff hunt
Playing in maybe the toughest 1A district in Iowa, games have been tough on the Cardinal Comets this season.
Sitting at 1-7, the Comets travel to West Branch on Friday, looking to end their season on a positive note.
“Our goal is to use a good week nine performance to springboard ourselves into our offseason workouts,” coach Adam Hadenfeldt said,” and give us maybe a little extra motivation to get to work at being a better football program.”
West Branch (5-3) is most likely a playoff bound team, looking to beat Cardinal before turning their focus to the postseason. They will look to run the football right at the Cardinal defense.
“West Branch is first and foremost a physical football team,” Hadenfeldt said. “They want to line up and run the football. If we don’t stop it, they won’t do anything else.”
Their three loses came at the hands of the top three teams in the district, meaning West Branch may be better than its record. Iowa City Regina and Wilton are both state ranked.
Even Van Buren, who Cardinal played in a non-district game, is in the playoff hunt this season.
“It would not surprise me in the least if all four of our district teams are on the winning side of their first round playoff games,” Hadenfeldt said. “When we are able to be successful it is going to feel that much better because it is going to be something that we work very hard for.”
Iowa City Regina is ranked number one in 1A and will be until someone can knock them off. Wilton and Eddyville-Blakesburg have also secured playoff spots. West Branch will most likely reach the playoffs over Sigourney-Keota. Sigourney-Keota needs West Branch to lose to Cardinal and will also have to upset Regina.
Team, Overall Record, District Record
Iowa City Regina 8-0 5-0
Wilton 7-1 4-1
Eddyville-Blakesburg 6-2 4-2
West Branch 5-3 2-3
Sigourney-Keota 5-3 2-3
Wapello 3-5 1-4
Cardinal 1-7 0-5
Class 1A District 6 Games (10/25)
Cardinal @ West Branch
Iowa City Regina @ Sigourney-Keota
Wapello @ Wilton
Albia @ Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
The Warriors are hanging around.
After a 3-2 start, Van Buren had its eyes set on a playoff berth. Two losses later, the Warriors were faced with two must win games.
One down, one to go.
Van Buren’s win over Winfield-Mount Union last week means that all the Warriors need to do is beat Danville to secure a playoff berth.
“Danville is a very talented team despite their record,” coach Mike Hurley said. “They run the ball well and pass the ball well. We will have to be on our best game to pull out a win.”
Van Buren, Highland and WACO are fighting over the last two spots in Class A District 5. Highland and WACO play each other Friday. With a victory, the Warriors get in automatically. With a loss, they go home.
“The guys have been looking forward to this game all year,” Hurley said. “They are ready to play.”