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The Waterboys Football Friday Pregame Show

The Waterboys program airs every Football Friday at 6:05 pm on KIWA AM 1550/FM 100.7 and KIWA FM 105.3. Jordan Harmelink, LA, and Stino couldn’t cut it as players back in the day, so instead bring you high quality insights and coaches interviews from the sidelines across Northwest Iowa.

Central Lyon vs Spirit Lake

Central Lyon/George-Little Rock heads to Spirit Lake to take on the Indians for a non-district contest Friday. The Lions are coming off back-to-back losses to a pair of Class 1A’s finest in 5th-ranked West Lyon and top-ranked West Sioux while Spirit Lake boasts an undefeated record at 2-0.

The Lions went toe-to-toe with the top ranked Falcons last week through the majority of the first half. West Sioux’s playmakers ultimately pulled their team away and secured the 47-20 win, but CL/GLR head coach Curtis Eben was happy with how his team responded after his team’s week one loss to West Lyon. Eben said his team improved on the things that they can control like blocking, tackling and playing with energy. He’s hoping this week against Spirit Lake the little things can translate to the Lions’ first win of 2019.

Eben mentioned that despite Spirit Lake holding an undefeated record, on film it appears they are a team that is trying to find their identity. The Indian’s offense will run through junior quarterback Brent Scott. Scott has completed over 70% of his passes for five scores and no interceptions; and he also leads the team on the ground with three scores. Scott’s main target has been senior Joe Stein who has over 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns through two games.

All in all, Eben said if the Lions can minimize the big plays and do the things they did last week in the first half against West Sioux, that will lead to good things for the Lions.

BHRV vs West Lyon

Boyden Hull Rock Valley is at West Lyon to go against the 2-0 Wildcats who come in ranked  #5 in Class 1A. The Wildcats posted a win at Sioux Center last Friday. The Nighthawks are 0-2 after a home loss to Western Christian who came in at # 7 in this weeks 1A Radio Iowa Poll.

Nighthawks Head Coach Cory Brandt described this years collection of Wildcat talent as scary.

The big key for the Nighthawks will be playing physical.

Wildcat Head Coach Jay Rozeboom is impressed with the Boyden Hull Rock Valley coaching staff and the shear number of players on the roster.

For West Lyon the emphasis this week and every week is on the basics.

Opening kickoff is set for 7:00 and will be streamed at www.kiwaradio.com.

Unity vs E-LC

Unity Christian edged Hinton 20-19 last Friday to improve to 1-1 on the year. Knight’s head coach Josh Van Kempen was happy with how his team handled adversity.

The Knights face Estherville-Lincoln Central in Week 3. Van Kempen says QB Matt Christensen gets his attention.

Coach Van Kempen says this week will come down to the fundamentals.

Kick off is at 7 pm in Estherville.

Sheldon vs LeMars

Sheldon is 1-1 following a road loss to South O’Brien while the Bulldogs are 1-1 following a Thursday road win against MOC Floyd Valley.

Orab Head Coach Tyler Lloyd on the experience Le Mars brings to the contest.

With a pair of turnovers and some ill timed penalties the keys to a win this week begin with both of those items at the top of the list.

Le Mars Head Coach Gabe Tardive on what he sees as the strengths of the Orabs.

Special teams and turnovers top Tardive’s list of keys for the Friday matchup.

The Coach Kory Roos joins LA for the broadcast on FM 100.7 and AM 1550.

HMS vs Sibley-Ocheyedan

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn is 2-0 after another hard fought win over Estherville-Lincoln Central 19-14. Head Coach Tyler Horkey was thrilled with the toughness and grit his team showed last Friday.

This week’s opponent for the Hawks is the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals. What gets coach Horkey’s attention is how physical the Generals are.

For the Hawks this week, coach Horkey says the team just needs to stay the course.

Sibley-Ocheyedan Head Coach Tate Kellenberger was proud of how the Generals came away with the victory and compliments his defense with getting the W.

What gets Kellenberger’s attention about HMS is how aggressive the Hawks are.

Coach Kellenberger says ball control is what could swing this game one way or another.

Kick off is at 7 pm at Peterson Field.

South O’Brien vs Alta/Aurelia

South O’Brien is 2-0 and had a back and forth contest against the Sheldon Orabs last Friday. Wolverines Head Coach Mark Fuhrman praised his offensive line for the controlling things up front to get the win.

South O’Brien squares off against Alta/Aurelia and what gets Coach Fuhrman’s attention is the size of the Warriors.

Fuhrman says ball control will be a big factor in the game.

Kick off is at 7 pm in Alta

Western vs Heelan

Western Christian is 2-0 after defeating BHRV. A big part of that win was because of the Wolfpack’s defensive front.

Western Christian hosts the Heelan Crusaders. Coach Kooima is impressed with Heelan’s fundamentals.

The key to a 3-0 start for Western Christian starts with the defense according to Kooima.

Kick off is at 7 pm at AR Hesla Field in Hull.

MOC-Floyd Valley vs Spencer

MOC-Floyd Valley is looking for their first win of the season, and things may pick up with the return of their 1st string quarterback and a couple of linemen. The Dutch were on their 5th quarterback last week against LeMars. Coach Grant Hegstad talks about how his kids of dealt with adversity so far this season.

Coach Hegstad says that Spencer’s 0-2 record isn’t a good representation of how good the Tigers are.

MOC-Floyd Valley has been working building confidence heading into week three.

Kick off is at 7 pm at Korver Field in Orange City.

Northwestern vs Midland

Northwestern opened up their season with a 47-7 win over Valley City State in non-conference play. Red Raiders Head Coach Matt McCarty was thrilled with how his team played in the first game of the season in the rain.

This Saturday they open up conference play on the road to Midland who had last week off. McCarty expects a tough battle.

The theme this week heading into the Red Raiders second game has been focusing on the details.

Kick off is at 1:00 pm at Midland, Nebraska.

Iowa vs Iowa State

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell expects running back Kene Nwangwu to play in Saturday’s game against 19th ranked Iowa. Nwangwu missed the opening against UNI after tweaking a hamstring in preseason camp. Center Colin Newell is still questionable. He sprained a knee in the season opener.

If Newell can’t go the Cyclones will be forced to juggle the offensive line.

Campbell says he learned quickly after taking the ISU job that this rivalry is unique in college football.

The Cyclones must find a way to control an Iowa defensive line led by junior defensive end A.J. Epenesa.

Campbell says Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley has played like a senior the first two games.

Campbell says Iowa’s wide receivers are much improved.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the presence of ESPN College GameDay will add exposure but not intensity to the series. The Hawkeyes will visit Iowa State in the 67th meeting in the series.

Ferentz says the series deserves additional exposure.

Ferentz says while it is an important game they don’t view themselves as trying to hold on to the Cy-Hawk Trophy.

Ferentz says after two straight eight win seasons the Cyclone program has become a consistent winner.

A key matchup will be Iowa freshman center Tyler Linderbaum against Iowa State standout nose tackle Ray Lima.

A veteran Cyclone offensive line is a concern.

Kick off is at 3:00 pm on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

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