The Twin Cedars High School football team has 19 hard-working, dedicated players who will be the first team in the county to go full pads on Monday, Aug. 12.
The Sabers open their season at home Aug. 23, or the optional Week 0, against English Valleys. Over the summer, the team has participated in a weight program.
Of the 19 players on the Saber team, six are freshmen. Head Coach Cam Parker says the team will have to win games at the line, as he lost many skilled players to graduation.
“We have a lot of guys stepping up,” Kade Dunkin said. He will be one of the team’s key receivers. He will be catching passes from a new quarterback, sophomore Dallas Clark. Parker, Dunkin and other leaders on the team have liked what they have seen from him.
“I think we’ll have a good, all-around team on the field,” Hunter McCombs, another receiver, said. “Because there are so many freshmen, we just can’t make mistakes.”
By having new players on the field, Parker is planning a lot of option plays into the offense. He is trusting the quarterback to read the defense and find the best option to run to get points on the board.
For Parker, he hopes the team can come out on the winning side of the competitive games they will play in this year. There were several tight games for the Sabers last year, and many of them fell Twin Cedars’ way. The district still includes AGWSR and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, both of which have traditionally been tough.
“I’m confident we’ll have a good team,” Trenton Reed added. To Reed and the other players, the team already looks better at this point in practice than they ever have before. On top of that, many of the players are coming early to practice to put in extra work ahead of time to be that much better.
As the upper classmen have walked the freshmen through the playbook, they have caught on quickly. With a new running back and only one returning wide receiver, the players agree with Parker that Twin Cedars’ true strength will be winning the game at the line.
Though the Sabers are going to play hard to win every game, the Week 5 matchup with Melcher-Dallas at home is one they especially want to win.
“We want that trophy back,” Dunkin said.
“I want to squash them,” Reed added. He was taken out of last year’s very physical, very competitive matchup with the Saints due to a concussion scare. He did not have one.
Melcher-Dallas won the game, which was their homecoming, 60-56.
“I think we have a good district to play in,” McCombs added. “It will give us good experience and prepare us for what’s coming up in the playoffs.”
Twin Cedars’ varsity football schedule is below.
Week 0-English Valleys, Week 1-@Moravia, Week 2-@Seymour, Week 3-Colo-Nesco, Week 4-@Meskwaki, Week 5-MD, Week 6-@Baxter, Week 7-Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Week 8-Collins-Maxwell, Week 9-@AGWSR