SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – High School football season is fast approaching. We’re just two weeks away from week one. The Siouxland high school metro football teams held their media day today at Elwood Olsen stadium.
Last season was the start of a new era at Sioux City East. Brian Webb took over as head coach for the Black Raiders and led them to a 5-4 record. They look to take another step forward this year. Sioux City North is coming off a 2-7 season in 2018 but they showed the ability to score points on offense. The Stars are a younger team this year but head coach Mitch Mohr likes the leadership of his upperclassmen. Sioux City West also went 2-7 a year ago. The Wolverines were in a lot of games early in the season and had chances to win. They’re a younger team but have come a long way already in fall camp.
“We have depth at positions,” said Webb. “Last year we didn’t have depth. This year we’ll have the availability to get kids off the field and not have a huge drop off in talent and speed.”
“This is probably one of my favorite teams I’ve coached since I’ve been here,” said Mohr. “All great kids. They listen, they’re very coach-able. We talk about never taking a step back. We have to continue to grow everyday in practice, especially for our youth. So that’s why it’s been such a fun experience coaching this season.”
“We’re such an inexperienced team coming in,” said Sioux City West Head Coach Joe Schmitz. “So Monday and Tuesday fought a little bit. OK, we don’t have any idea what we’re doing. But at Friday’s practice and day five we could have cut practice a little bit early because we were running through scripts and they’re figuring it out and competing hard.”
Bishop Heelan went 7-2 in the regular season a year ago. The season didn’t end the way they wanted. The Crusaders lost to SBL in the playoffs. They’re hungry to get back to the playoffs in 20-19. Sergeant Bluff Luton won 10 games last year and had only one loss in the regular season. The Warriors made it to the class 3-A semifinals. Now they know what it’ll take to get to the title game.
“Coming from Heelan, we have high expectations every year,” said Bishop Heelan senior Kobe Clayborne. “Our expectation every year is to win a state championship. We fell short the past few years and we’re just trying to get that tradition back.”
“We’ve come a long way but we also have along way to go,” said Sergeant Bluff-Luton Senior Daniel Wright. “We’ve improved a lot but there’s definitely room for improvement. I think that we’ve been growing and improving everyday which is the goal and I think that we’re on the right track.”
South Sioux City hasn’t won a game in two years. Christopher Stein takes over as the Cardinals head coach. They’ll look to get back in the win column in 2019. Dakota Valley lost to Dell Rapids in the South Dakota class A semifinals a year ago. The Panthers have used that loss as motivation in the off-season and are ready to contend for a state title this year.
“We’ve been working hard with the new coaching staff,” said South Sioux City senior Jacob Aitken. “Getting the offense and new defenses down. We’re really buying in to compared to last year and getting ready for the first game.”
“Last year didn’t end the way we wanted,” said Dakota Valley Head Coach Jeff VanDenHul. “Played a good game and came up short. We have to turn that page and move on and get ready for our first game this year.”
All of these schools begin their seasons on Friday, August 30th.