Sioux City East practices on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's game against Urbandale.
For your homecoming football game, you usually invite a team that you think you can easily beat. Not at Sioux City East. The Black Raiders will host Urbrandale on Thursday night in a battle of two of the top teams in Class 4A.
Since an opening week loss to Bishop Heelan, East has won five games in a row. The Raiders climbed to #7 in the state rankings this week after beating their last two opponents by a combined score of 98-0.
Urbandale is ranked ninth at 5-1 after losing to West Des Moines Valley last week.
"We know that they're going to be ready to play," said East safety Jake McDonald. "Coming off that loss, they're going to be wanting to get back on track and get that 'W'. We're just going to come in and do the best we can to hold them off."
"This is a statement game," said East running back Marcel Dunson. "This is a CIML team and we seem not to have so much respect on this side of the state so we're looking forward to it."
All of East's five wins have come against unranked teams, so Thursday's game will provide a true test.
"They absolutely will. They have great team speed and they're very athletic," said East head coach Bob Goodvin. "It's going to be a good measuring stick for where we're at come playoff time."
"This is a huge game for us," said East tackle Jon McReynolds."This is going to determine whether we're a good team or a great team. We've had some good competition and we want to show the state of Iowa that we can compete with anybody in Iowa."
East and Urbandale play at 7:30 on Thursday night at Olsen Stadium.
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