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Spencer named SportsFource Champions after first district title in 19 years

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Spencer won a share of their district title for the first time in 19 years.

SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) -- The Spencer football team finished the regular season at 5-2. 2001 was the last time that Spencer earned at least a share of a district title, until now. The Tigers defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Friday night, giving them a share of the District crown.

"The kids are very excited about it," said head coach Jim Tighe. "They see that banner of conference champions in all of our sports in the gym and football it's been a while to have anything."

"Every single year for every sport we have, It seems that our season always ends there," said senior Ethan Heiter. "So we were kind of determined to finally get a win there and so we just went in there with nothing to lose."

With the special playoff format this season, being district champs gives the Tigers a first round bye and the right to host a playoff game, something Spencer hasn't done very often.

"We've been to the playoffs quite a few times but I think out of 13 playoff games we've only played one at home," said Tighe. "So 12 of the 13 playoff games have been on the road because we'll get third and that kind of thing."

"It gives our guys a week to help with injuries and prepare more for the upcoming week," said senior Javier Mendez. "A home advantage helps out a lot too. We don't have to travel as much. Keeps us healthy and well relaxed."

Spencer won a playoff game in 2018, but missed the playoffs a year ago. The Tigers are out to prove that they can make a deep postseason run this season.

"Two years ago I was a sophomore. I got to watch them. They made it to the playoffs and won first round," said senior Jackson DeWitt. "It was nice to see that and I've always kind of wanted to do that. We get our chance now. I just want to get far in the playoffs."

"Last year, we had a really tough season. Ended 5-4, had some tough losses and we thought we were better than that," said Mendez. I guess it's our season to prove them wrong."

The Tigers only state football title came back in 1994. In their next game, Spencer will host the winner of Friday's game between Bishop Heelan and Humboldt.

Brad Pautsch

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