Football season ends in quarterfinal, 24-14

Ending there season with the record of 10 – 1, the football team’s season ended in the quarterfinals against the Bettendorf Bulldogs on Friday Nov. 8.

After the first quarter of the game, the Tigers and the Bulldogs alternated touchdowns, and the game ended with a score of 24-14. 

Senior Jakob Weichers said, “I think we all played as best as we could, but when you put two good teams in a playoff game, anything can happen.”

A lot of team members said they could have left more out on the field and felt sad knowing that this was their last game of the season. 

Senior Aaron Nieman said, “Having school that Friday I feel would’ve changed the outcome of the game for us. It would’ve kept us in our normal routine, which would have an effect on the preparation we had for the game.”

The season closed prematurely, it wasn’t just about winning games for those on the team. It was about the bonds they grew with their teammates and the coaches who taught them. 

Senior Ben Sernett said, “The biggest thing I’m gonna miss is my teammates. All of the team meals and good laughs were the best part of football. Just not being around all of those guys I’ve played with for many, many years will be tough.¨

Their memories remain as well, including practicing in the snow, looking for their coaches wedding ring on the field after practice and winning an extremely close game with Ankeny. 

Sernett said, “One of my greatest memories from this season was against Ankeny during week 3. Ryan Ostrich squeezed through the line to convert on 3rd and 10 that sealed the game. That feeling after the final horn rang was indescribable.¨ 

Senior Bryce Albaugh remembered, “Scaring every teammate on Scrimmage Day by hiding in an empty garbage bin as they walked in the locker room.”

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