A Legacy of Love
Former coach’s family unites in face of dementia
Throughout Newton Senior High School football coach John Jenkins’ career, the Cardinals played against fellow legendary head coach Jerry Pezzetti and the Ankeny Hawks nearly every year. The experienced coach, now calling the shots at Ankeny Centennial, holds an impressive 313-130 record with the team. Pezzetti started coaching at Ankeny in 1970 and was a close friend with Frank Gilson. He even served as a pallbearer at his funeral.
“We’ve always had the absolute greatest respect for Newton,” Pezzetti said. “There probably isn’t another town in the state with such a great football community, and that’s largely because of John.
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