In less than two weeks the high school football season will start for most of Siouxland. Practice just kicked off on Monday and in Iowa it's the first season without two-a-days. Six of the Sioux City metro teams were at Olsen Stadium for their annual media day on Saturday.
The metro season will start with a pair of inter-city battles. On Thursday the 29th, North will visit West. The Wolverines were 3-6 last season, while the Stars went 2-7. North and West are in different Class 4A divisions this season.
"We know that West will have some very good skill kids," said North head coach Shawn Meth. "We feel right now that we have a pretty physical offensive and defensive line. We have all our skill kids back from last year."
"I don't like the fact that the beginning game against your city don't mean as much any more," said West head coach Trever Case. "They're rivals now but they're really just preseason games because the only thing that matters is our five conference games."
On Friday the 30th, Bishop Heelan will travel to East. The Crusaders were the Class 3A runners-up last season, finishing 12-2. The Black Raiders went 8 and 3, losing to the eventual 4A champions from Ankeny in round two.
"We're excited with our three city schools that we get to play," said Bishop Heelan head coach Roger Jansen. "That gives us a good gauge going into the district season."
"I want to emphasize that game is no more important than any other game," said East head coach Bob Goodvin. "It's no more important to us than the North game, the West game, than the Urbandale and Valley games. It's just one game in a nine game schedule."
Justin Smith is the new head coach at Sgt. Bluff-Luton. Smith won two state titles at Wakefield, Nebraska, in '06 and '07, and last coached at Lincoln Northeast.
"I'm putting in my own offense, my own defense," said Sgt. Bluff-Luton head coach Justin Smith. "It's definitely not going to be the same as it was. We're going to do what I know. We'll get used to the personnel, who the kids are and what type of athletes they are and then we can adjust. It's pretty flexible from there."
South Sioux City made the Nebraska Class B playoffs last season but lost by 46 points in the first round.
"Getting to the playoffs is a goal and the kids have raised the bar this year," said South Sioux City head coach Matt LaFleur. "They want to be a district champ and they want to make a run. So getting in is not enough."
KTIV Sportsfource will have full features on each of the metro teams, with player interviews, starting next Monday at six with Sioux City West. North will be Tuesday, East on Wednesday, Heelan on Thursday, Sgt. Bluff-Luton is Friday and South Sioux City's preview is Saturday.
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