Winterset opens with Van Meter; Earlham has ACGC while Interstate 35 and Martensdale-St. Marys open on the road


Winterset will have Van Meter as an opening football game this fall, while the Roadrunners of I-35 will be at Chariton, Earlham will host Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, and the Blue Devils of Martensdale-St. Marys – which is returning to eight-man football after a 12-year hiatus – travel to Lenox.

That according to the latest from the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which rolled out the 2020 football schedules last week.

Winterset is in Class 3-A. There are six teams in the Class 3-A District 9, including ADM of Adel, DC-Grimes, DM Hoover, Norwalk, and Perry. The first four games of the nine-game will be non-district encounters.

Winterset hosts Class 1-A Van Meter the first week, while the Huskies will have Creston-OM, Glenwood, and Carlisle for the remaining three non-district games. District games for Winterset begin Sept. 25 and include, in order, DM Hoover, ADM of Adel, Perry, Norwalk and DC-Grimes. Three of the five of Winterset’s district games are home games.

The home games are Hoover, Norwalk, and DC-Grimes.

Interstate 35 of Truro is in Class 1-A District 7. The six-team district includes Colfax-Mingo, Pella Christian, Central Decatur, Mount Ayr, Pleasantville, and I-35. Three of those games – against Colfax-Mingo, Mount Ayr, and Pleasantville – are home games for the Roadrunners.

The four non-district games for I-35 include Chariton, Clarke of Osceola, Panorama of Panora, and Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center. Clarke and AC/GC are games at Truro.

Van Meter is in Class 1-A  District 8. Van Meter opens at Winterset, with its other non-district challengers including Earlham, Pleasantville, and DM Christian. The Earlham and DM Christian are home games for the Bulldogs.

The final five games of the regular season for Van Meter, starting Sept. 25, include a road trip to Panorama, two home games against West Central Valley of Stuart and Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, and finally, road games at Carroll Kuemper and Woodward-Granger to close out the season.

Earlham is in Class A District 8. The Cardinals host Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center to open the season, and then travel to Class 1-A Van Meter in week two, host CB St. Albert week three, and then are on the road to Leon to take on Central Decatur. The district season has Ogden, Woodward Academy, Madrid, Nodaway Valley, and Wayne of Corydon on the schedule in the six-team district. 

Ogden, Woodward Academy, and Wayne are the home district games.

Martensdale-St. Marys, a Class A team in 2019, return to eight-player football, and are in an eight-team district.

The first two games are non-district games. That include a road game at Lenox to start the season, and then a game against CAM of Anita in week two.

Four of Martensdale’s final seven games are home games.

The district schedule for the Blue Devils, starting Sept. 11, are at Lamoni; two home games against Symour/Moulton-Udell and Melcher-Dallas; a road trip to Liberty Center to play Southeast Warren; a home game against DM Grand View Christian; a somewhat lengthy road trip to Mormon Trail of Garden Grove; and finally a home game against Murray.

Graduating seniors leave holes

Winterset, 4-5 in 2019; lose senior QB Jaden Sweeney as well as Easton Darling, Randy Pleake, Brock Johnson, Jacob Hoffman, Jacob Williams, Jack West, Josh Hess, Amer Kolic, Bryce Hatten, Justin Good, Jacob Honkomp, Kruise Kiburz, Justin McKinney, Holden Thomas, Hunter Black, Dexter Johnson, Clayton Hurd, Michael Corkrean, Brad Tolley, Austin Black, and Cole Brown to graduation. 

Van Meter, which finished 12-1 in 2019, also loses a plethora of players to graduation.

The Bulldogs will have to fill those shoes of seniors Zach Madden, Tyler Haynes, QB Athony Potthoff, Blade Koons, Hunter Coyle, Kolby Booge, Cody Coffman, Colby Wiederholt, Ian Abrahamson, Sam Ruggles, Parker Fryar, Bryce Cole, Max Pettit, Brett Berg, Andrew Simpson, and Patrick Junker.

Earlham, meanwhile, which made it to the first round of the Class A playoffs, loses seniors Jacob Ridgely, Alex Caskey, Cameron Terry, Slater Goff, Caleb Swalla, Sam Kasap, Grant Carter, Derrin Sesker, and Gabe Legrand. Eight juniors are coming up to lead the team. 

Interstate 35 of Truro, which finished 5-4 in 2019, loses seniors Joey Bregar, Carter Bussanmas, Jack Smith, Jordan Cummings, Dalton Allen, Mason Edwards, Brock Thompson, Lucas Borseth, and Leo Borseth. The Roadrunners have eight juniors coming up to help form the team nucleus this fall.

Martensdale-St. Marys, which finished 5-4 in Class A District 8, loses 10 seniors to graduation. They include Tyler Noga, Evan Bullard, Sean Miklus, Colby Widener, Waylon Herron, Cael Reynolds, Mason Couch, Dylan Higens, and Dominick DiCesare. 

Junior Blue Devil QB Jack Franey will be back, one of the few area quarterbacks with experience to return this fall.

Reporter at the Winterset Madisonian. He has also been the managing editor at the Madisonian.