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Van Buren and Cardinal prepare for Friday match ups

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Oct 03, 2013

Van Buren could start 4-2 with win Friday at Highland

Van Buren is having one of its best seasons in program history.

The Warriors have already won their first homecoming in 10 years and defeated WACO for the first time in more than 40 years.

Coach Mike Hurley and the Warriors are hoping to keep the good times rolling Friday when they take on Highland.

“Highland throws the ball a ton,” Hurley said. “They definitely air the ball out, so we’re going to try and hold them up on the outside.”

Defending the pass has been a strength of Van Buren’s defense so far. The Warriors already have eight interceptions, four of which were caught by Garrett Saunders.

Special teams are expected to play an important role as well. Highland squib kicks and switches up its special team’s formations frequently.

District Look

Class A District 5 is still completely up for grabs. Six teams could still win the district. Libson and Lone Tree look strong yet again, while WACO has faltered a bit out of the gate. Van Buren’s game at Highland Friday will tell us a lot about both of those teams.

Team Overall Record, District Record

Lisbon 3-2 3-0

Lone Tree 3-2 2-1

Van Buren 3-2 2-1

Danville 2-3 1-2

Highland (Riverside) 2-3 1-2

WACO 2-3 2-1

Winfield-Mount Union 1-4 1-2

New London 1-4 0-3

 

Class A District 5 Games (10/04)

Highland @ Van Buren

Lisbon @ WACO

Danville @ New London

Lone Tree @ Winfield-Mount Union

 

 

Cardinal faces another playoff caliber foe

Cardinal just played a perrenial state powerhouse. Now it gets to play another.

Cardinal coach Adam Hadenfeldt hopes his team is ready for Wilton, who is off to a great start.

“I think that we had one of our best practices of the year last night,” Hadenfeldt said. “Our guys are focused on controlling what we can control, which is playing smart, assignment based football, and to play with great effort and emotion on every play.”

Hadenfeldt hopes his team fights hard and plays how they practiced.

“They are a very high quality opponent, and we are looking forward to getting our shot at them,” he said.

District Look

Iowa City Regina is yet again the favorite, not only for the Class 1A District 3 title, but also the State Championship. Wilton and Sigourney-Keota are both having playoff caliber seasons. West Branch can put themselves in the playoff conversation if it can defeat Sigourney-Keota Friday.

Team,  Overall Record, District Record

Iowa City Regina 5-0 3-0

Wilton 5-0 3-0

Sigourney-Keota 4-1 1-1

Eddyville-Blakesburg 3-2 1-2

West Branch 3-2 1-2

Wapello 2-3 0-2

Cardinal 1-4 0-2

 

Class 1A District 3 Games (10/04)

Wilton @ Cardinal

Sigourney-Keota @ West Branch

Iowa City Regina @ Alburnett

Wapello @ Eddyville-Blakesburg

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