Eyes on the Prize: West Liberty Sets Sights on State Championship

Margaret Hurlbert
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Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

This year, the West Liberty football team has had a successful season, with a 5-3 record for the regular season. After beating Monticello in the first round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSSA) Class 2A playoffs, the team prepared to take on top-ranked Waukon and advance to the semifinals and eventually move on to the State Championship (the game against Waukon took place on Friday, November 8th, at 7:00 pm, after this newspaper went to press).

Throughout the season, the Comets enjoyed a lot of success, particularly near the end when they defeated several challenging opponents. Jason Iske, West Liberty High School Head Football Coach shared, “winning our last four games and securing our second district title in two years was the highlight. We played two tough opponents in Camanche and Tipton to finish the season and to win those two games (by two and one points respectively) was good for us heading into the playoffs.” Soundly defeating Monticello in the first round of the playoffs continued to add to this positive momentum.

After two winning seasons and trips to the playoffs, including an appearance in the semifinals last year, the West Liberty football team has high hopes that they will progress even farther this year. “The boys are definitely excited about making the playoffs, as winning our district and earning a playoff berth were the goals and expectations coming into the season. Now that it’s here, we’re looking forward to the challenges ahead,” explained Iske.

While number one seed Waukon (who has gone undefeated this entire season) will present the Comets with a formidable opponent, Iske believes that by focusing on playing well during this game, his players can distinguish themselves and quite possibly move on to the next level. “Honestly, I’m sure it’s going to sound cliché, but we’re looking at this Friday only. If we don’t take care of what we need to this Friday, there’s no chance for further games,” he stated.

The West Liberty football team has played some spectacular ball this year and has a strong playoff record. As fans anxiously watch their team’s progress, they have a lot to celebrate. This year, they may just have even more playoff progress to celebrate, too.

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