WEBSTER CITY - Ballard and Gilbert are the final two pieces to the puzzle for the Webster City football team, as the Lynx now know each and every one of their opponents over the next two seasons.
Prep football coaches all across the state learned their fates for the 2012 and 2013 seasons yesterday when the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the schedules for every team from Class 4A down to 8-man. Teams learned their district foes and one of three non-district opponents last month, but the opening two opponents as well as where everything fit into place wasn't known until yesterday.
WCHS head coach Bob Howard says there were some surprises in his team's future outlook, particularly with the pairing against Gilbert once again.
DFJ file photo by Troy Banning
Tight end Boone Myers (right) breaks through a tackle against Nevada last season. Myers will be one of the leaders for Webster City during his senior season when the Lynx open the 2012 campaign against Ballard in Huxley on Aug. 24.
"I was hoping we would get Ballard, so that was good, but I didn't think we'd get Gilbert again," Howard said. "But it was better than I thought it would be. I fully expected us to be going to Harlan or Carroll, but the travel we have isn't bad at all."
WCHS will open up against Ballard on the road in 2012 and at home in 2013, followed by Gilbert before it starts 3A District 3 play in Week 3.
"Ballard is a dang good opener," Howard said. "They're always a good football program and they've got about as many kids to replace as we do, and then Gilbert will be a good game before we start districts."
|Sept. 7||Charles City||Away|
|Sept. 14||Iowa Falls-Alden||Away|
|Sept. 28||Clear Lake||Home|
|Oct. 5||Waverly-Shell Rock||Away|
|Oct. 19||Storm Lake||Home|
|Sept. 13||Charles City||Home|
|Sept. 20||Iowa Falls-Alden||Home|
|Oct. 4||Clear Lake||Away|
|Oct. 11||Waverly-Shell Rock||Home|
|Oct. 25||Storm Lake||Away|
Charles City will be the Lynx first district opponent, followed by Iowa Falls-Alden, Algona, Clear Lake, Waverly-Shell Rock and Humboldt.
Howard says Weeks 6 and 7 against the Lions and Go-Hawks will be particularly challenging.
"The first thing I noticed was that we have Clear Lake and Waverly back-to-back. But at least it wasn't in the third and fourth weeks," he said. "We'll have five games under our belts and all of the new kids will be ready to go by them. But Humboldt (in Week 8) won't be a pushover either, so that's a tough stretch there."
The Lynx will close out the regular season against Storm Lake - it's third non-district opponent.
"Somebody had to have that third non-district game in Week 9 and we drew it," Howard said. "Hopefully you're in a position where you can see how much you're even going to play your kids, but you've got to get to the playoffs first."
WCHS will play four home games in 2012 and five in 2013. Coming to Lynx field in the upcoming season will be Gilbert (Aug. 31), Algona (Sept. 21), Clear Lake (Sept. 28) and Storm Lake (Oct. 19).