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Warriors hope to turn season around

By Justin Webster | Oct 11, 2017

Van Buren head football coach Mike Hurley hoped his team could improve this season after failing to win a game in 2016, and they did that with a season-opening win at Cardinal.

That being said, the Warriors have struggled since that opening night victory, losing six straight, with five of those losses coming by 30 plus points, including a 43-6 setback at Iowa City Regina Friday night.

Van Buren had several bright spots statistically, despite the Regals mostly keeping the Warriors out of the endzone. Senior running back Donny Roberts rushed for 119 yards, and the six Warrior points, on just 17 carries. Junior signal caller Cole Troutman had six rushes, totaling 76 yards, while also throwing the ball eight times with four completions for 31 yards. Sophomore quarterback Tony Davison made six pass attempts with four completions and 30 yards.

Defensively, Van Buren was led by juniors Jaxon Thomas and Aiden Franklin, who had 8.5 and 6.5 tackles, respectively. Senior Mason Thomas and junior Jeremiah Brown each had four tackles, followed by Ty Hamburg and JT Metcalf with three a piece.

The last two games of the season for Van Buren will be played in Keosauqua, beginning with a visit from the 6-1 Wilton Warriors this Friday night at 7 p.m. The home-team Warriors will then host 2-5 Columbus Junction on Oct. 20.

Also in Class A-District 6, Cardinal had a bye and will host Montezuma this Friday night for the Comets’ Senior Night.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Eldon. Cardinal will then finish the 2017 football campaign on the road versus North Mahaska in New Sharon.

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