Try starting the season against a very fast team that made the playoffs last year and is ranked 5th in the pre-season polls.
Then try playing the top-rated team 7 days later.
Now you know the challenges of the Des Moines East High Football team’s schedule for this season. Oh, and welcome to the head coaching job, Greg Schoon.
East opened to a 54-9 loss at Fort Dodge last week. The Scarlet’s changed quarterbacks in the 3rd quarter when Zack Jones broke his foot on a play against the Dodgers.
Enter in a sophomore Xavier James to lead the team against #1 Dowling Catholic.
His team will have to tackle better according to Coach Schoon who says his team missed a lot of key tackles last week. They also may need more offense, which ran 46 plays for a game total of 13 yards. The positive was the passing game, as the running game for East went backwards for -21 yards.
East brings back a couple of veterans to a squad that’s made the playoffs 3 years in a row from the CIML Metro. Wide Receiver Matt Grover is back as is DaShawn Cason, Conner Kouri, Deon Hayes, Jesus Zambrano and Drew Hurley.
But the Scarlets graduated all but 44 rushing and 22 passing yards. Throw in the QB situation and that creates an opportunity for new guys to step into the spotlight.
Coach Greg Schoon in his first season as head coach of East after 5 years as an assistant. The former letterwinner at Iowa State University replaces Rick Roberts who took a job in Van Meter.
“Game speed is different,” is what Schoon told his junior players, many of whom spent a lot of season injured and were finally playing varsity last week.
Coach Schoon saw the CBTJ tape with Dowling and just saw an unbalanced game. Especially one that didn’t include much from KCCI High School Playbook Player of the Week, Connor Bravard.
He called Fort Dodge the fastest team he’s seen in a while and might be the fastest in the state. Dowling plays Ft. Dodge in two weeks at Valley Stadium. We’ll learn more about them in the next few days.
These two teams met twice in 2009. The last match up was November 2nd in the 1st round of the playoffs when Dowling dominated 41-0 and the Maroons also won in Week 1 last season 44-7.
We go on the air at 530p for a 7p kick-off. You can hear the game on AM 1150 KWKY or on line at http://www.KWKY.com
The crew will be in full-effect with Dave Marcoulier, Brian Morris and Romelle Slaughter.
My name is Paul Yeager, we’ll see you on the radio Friday night from Williams Stadium.