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Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley hit hard by graduation

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (KTIV) — Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley has made the Iowa football playoffs for 12 straight years. The Nighthawks have played 36 postseason games since 2000.

BH/RV was one win away from being crowned Class 2A state champions in 2018. But this is a new year, with a new team. Almost every starter on both side of the ball graduated last year.

“We got a bunch of new faces coming this year,” said Head Coach Cory Brandt. “We got a lot of work to do, a long way to go and everyday we just want to work to get a little bit better but I’ve seen great attitudes out of the kids and they’ve been working extremely hard.”

“We’ve been having a lot of fun, getting a lot of work done,” said senior quarterback Keaton Moser. “Doing whatever we can to get everybody in the flow of things since we lost everybody last year and we’re fill in new spots, getting acquainted with the offensive and defensive stuff.”

The Nighthawks have a lot of talent in the skill positions on offense as well as a lot of size on the offensive line.

“I think we’re pretty strong all the way around,” said senior Eric Salazar. “We got a good set of receivers, a good quarterback back there, a good line, we’re just solid all the way around.”

“Up front we have a little bit of size which is something unique for us,” said Brandt. “We don’t have a lot of that normally and those kids have worked really hard in the weight room and we’ll see what they can do.”

Senior Keaton Moser is entering his first season as the Nighthawk starting quarterback. He says he has a good grasp of the offense. It’s just about developing chemistry with his teammates on the field.

“It hasn’t really changed since the four years I’ve been here,” said Moser. “We add new plays every year but just learning how my receivers run routes, learning how my linemen block, learning how everybody does stuff is new and it’s fun to do.”

BH/RV opens the season at West Sioux, who’s won two consecutive state titles. Then it’s a home game against Western Christian, before a visit to perennial power West Lyon. The Nighhawks host Sgt. Bluff-Luton in week four, before opening district play at Central Lyon/George-Little Rock.

Brad Pautsch

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