Playoff football kicks off across Iowa tonight and three area teams are squaring off.
(8-1) Rockford at (8-1) Turkey Valley
After back-to-back winless seasons, the Rockford Warriors have posted an 8-1 mark in 2018 and will travel to 8-1 Turkey Valley tonight. The Warriors solidified their spot in the playoff’s after an upset over second-ranked Northwood-Kensett last week. Rockford head coach Torian Wolf says their district has been so tough, they’ve been playing like they’ve already been in the playoffs.
Turkey Valley returns to the playoffs for the ninth time in the last ten years. The Trojans looks to advance to the second round for the fourth time in the last five years. Trojan head coach Mark Scott says his team’s work in the offseason has made them better than year’s past.
Rockford is searching for their first playoff win in school history. You can hear the game on Today’s Country 95.1 The Bull and North Iowa’s Sports Leader 95-9 KCHA. The pregame show starts at 6:30 and kickoff is at 7. Listen on your radio, online at www.951thebull.com, www,kchanews.com, download the mobile apps or on Alexa.
(8-1) West Branch at (7-2) Osage
The Osage Green Devils are in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Osage hosts West Branch tonight. The Green Devils are coming off of a 34-7 thumping of Aplington-Parkersburg to finish the regular season last week. Osage are sporting a district championship for the first time since 2009. The Green Devils are 7-2 and kickoff is at 7.
State Cross Country
The Iowa state cross country meet is tomorrow in Fort Dodge.
The Charles City Comet’s girls and boys will be competing.
For the girls, it’s their third straight trip to the state meet, four out of the last six years including a third place finish. The Comets are one of 15 teams in the state meet. They have a pair of runners, Kikki Connel and Whitney Martin, returning medalists for head coach Amanda Rahmiller. She says the race starts fast, but her team brings experience to the state meet.
The 3A girls meet begins at noon tomorrow.
The Comet Boys Cross Country is sending senior Mason Deeter back to state for the second time in as many years. Placing 14th in West Delaware, Deeter barely made cut for the 3A meet, starting at 12:30. Head coach Ryan Rahmiller says Deeter deserves to run in Fort Dodge and has done a lot for the program.