Area teams ramp up schedule with district play
Football is the king of the fall. There is no disputing that. The leaves change, and we get this almost second-nature yearning to see dudes in helmets whack each other. Covering my first game of the fall last weekend was a blast, not just because the Pella Christian-Lynnville-Sully matchup was a great game, but it was the first live football I had seen since the Super Bowl (no, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count).
This week should supply another onslaught of great games, but what I am most looking forward to is next Friday. Week three of the season is typically when the players get into real game shape. They have had a couple weeks of sucking wind and gasping for air in the fourth quarter, so by then they are at least accustomed to the discomfort brought on by four quarters of running as fast as you can for 8-10 seconds.
Not so coincidentally, next week is also when district play begins. The first of the two teams I have seen in person, Pella Christian, will have a home matchup against Central Decatur in Pella. The Eagles are fairly young, but stout team. There are plenty of big guys that provide good protection up front. They also seem to have a lot of talent at running back. There were at least four players with big carries, and that is going to be a tough combination to stop, but Central Decatur has a running game of their own. Senior Wyman Reed carried the ball for 175 yards at Bedford last week. That should be a solid game.
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