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Rusty VanWetzinga has two young boys who are passionate about football. They watch it. They play it.\u00a0

When the Pleasant Valley football coach informed his oldest son that his upcoming junior high season would consist of only six games, it did not go over well.

\u201cHe was mad at me because he wants to go out and play, and that\u2019s good, but as his dad and a head football coach, six games is plenty for a junior high kid,\u201d VanWetzinga said.

Even for all the safety precautions that parents and coaches are taking at the youth and high school levels, football is at a crossroads.

Medical professionals, politicians and even former players are scrutinizing the sport on national outlets.

\u201cIt feels like we wake up every day to another punch in the gut with concussions,\u201d Davenport Assumption coach Wade King said.

The growing concern about brain injuries and head trauma continue to impact the game. A study earlier this summer from neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased former NFL players.

There have been almost 35 players under the age of 30 retire from the NFL in the past two years.

\u201cWhen you\u2019re talking an NFL veteran, then you throw Division I football on top of it, that is a different animal than somebody who played just four years of high school football,\u201d North Scott coach Kevin Tippet said. \u201cThere is no conclusive link between high school football and CTE.\u201d

Participation, though, is dwindling.

According to the National Federation of State High School Association\u2019s recent annual survey, there were 25,503 fewer football players nationwide last year.

\"People are scared of the contact and head injuries,\" Assumption senior tight end Ray Thrapp said. \"People are scared to come out because they don't want to risk their future.\"

Davenport Central coach Ben Sacco said safety is a concern but doesn't deem it an issue.

Coaches are in agreement the game is safer than it ever has been.

Rules have been changed to enhance player safety, in terms of tackling and blocking. Preseason two-a-days are gone to limit the amount of hits. Helmets are more protective. Concussion protocols are in full force.

\"A lot of people have the wrong impression on what's happening,\" Moline coach Mike Morrissey said. \"We are making it safer.\"

A technique called \"Hawk\" tackling, started by the Seattle Seahawks, has become quite popular. It is a rugby-style approach where the objective is to get contact with the shoulders, not the head.\u00a0

\"That was revolutionary,\" Morrissey said. \"Now, that's kind of become the norm, as far as how they keep the head out of the game.\"

Still, it hasn't eliminated all head injuries.

Other activities, such as soccer, wrestling and cheerleading, experience a percentage of concussions too.\u00a0

Football takes the brunt of it in the public eye because of its popularity. \"Concussion,\" a 2015 film starring Will Smith, was a box office hit (48.6 million viewers).\u00a0

\"It is hard when you have these fruitcakes in Hollywood make a movie or people on CNN, Fox or MSNBC highlight all the negativity,\" VanWetzinga said. \"Is football the only thing high school boys do that is risky?\"

Football is a numbers game, and programs are feeling the crunch.

Assumption has only seven juniors in its program this season. Clinton doesn\u2019t have enough sophomores to field a squad. Central has only nine linemen (offense and defense) on its varsity roster. Bettendorf has just one freshman team for a second straight season. Muscatine has seen a drop with less than 40 players on its varsity.

Participation is dipping at the youth level, too.

The Rising Knights, which have been around for more than 40 years, are joining the Youth Sports Foundation this year because a decrease in numbers won\u2019t allow them to have a stand-alone league in the lower divisions (3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th).

\u201cThe perception out there is tough right now,\u201d Davenport North coach Brandon Krusey said. \u201cWe\u2019re in a battle right now for kids and to get kids out.\u201d

What are keeping teenagers away from football?

High school coaches across the Quad-Cities believe safety is just a fraction of the problem.\u00a0

Specialization

Sports specialization in early to middle childhood has become increasingly common.\u00a0

Baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, track, volleyball and wrestling have become year-around sports for many with the club and AAU scene.

\"You can't play football year-round,\" King said. \"People are making investments in these other things. You don't go stay in a hotel every weekend for football like travel basketball or club soccer.\"

During the fall season in Iowa, metro athletes have a choice between three sanctioned sports -- football, cross country or golf. That number climbs to four in Illinois with soccer.

\"There is a lot of competition out there, and at the end of the day, football is hard,\" Sacco said. \"It is not for everybody.\"

Athletes are often specializing before they step foot into the high school.

By the time a high school football coach comes into contact with an athlete and attempts to promote his sport, the individual already is entrenched in another activity.

Krusey believes some are fearful of getting hurt and don't want to damage their status for their primary sport later in the school year.\u00a0

\"Playing multiple sports for the good of your school tends to slip away now,\" Krusey said. \"It used to be about being part of something bigger than yourself, but we've lost that.\"

Whether it comes from parents, classmates or coaches, there are outside influences.\u00a0

\"There are methods in ways kids are pressured, directly or indirectly,\" VanWetzinga said. \"A coach might be like, 'Hey, I've got to have you here. The other kids are here.' Kids and parents feel that and end up getting pigeon-holed into one sport.

\"These kids are young. Most of them aren't going to sniff the NBA or the big leagues. They need to be well-rounded.\"

'Instant gratification'

Reigning Class 4A state champion Dowling Catholic had 36 seniors on its football team last fall. Runner-up Iowa City West had in excess of 30.\u00a0

In most cases, the best football programs are heavy on seniors. With that, it might require individuals to wait their turn for playing time.

\"All these kids today come from a generation of instant gratification,\" Sacco said. \"Football is not an instantly gratifying sport.\u00a0

\"Back in the day, kids just wanted to be on the football team, wanted to have a jersey and be part of the team. Those days are gone. If they can't be on the field playing and seeing some kind of success, it is a hard sell.\"

VanWetzinga starred in three sports at PV -- football, wrestling and baseball. He admitted football was the most taxing.\u00a0

\"The bruises you get, it is a grind,\" he said. \"There are no weight classes, and you don't get immediate satisfaction. You've got to work at it.\"

Assumption quarterback Jayce Levy thinks coaching has kept students away.

\"If they think the coach is a mean guy and they're intimidated, they don't want to go out,\" Levy stated.\u00a0

King said he's had players quit in the opening week because they weren't having fun.\u00a0

\"There are days football isn't fun, and I get that, but it is not fun until you play games,\" King stated. \"We don't sugarcoat it. Football is hard, we coach it hard and we ask a lot out of our players.\u00a0

\"We feel the 28 kids that we have (this year) really want to be here.\"

Benefits outweigh risks

Not every high school football program is feeling the numbers pinch.\u00a0

All three Davenport public schools, which have experienced minimal success in the last two decades, have at least 40 juniors and seniors on their roster. West, in fact, has 30 seniors.

In Illinois, United Township has more than 50 individuals on its varsity and 100 in the program. Moline has upwards of 130 in grades 9 through 12.

\"I don't view our game as being under attack, I view it as an opportunity to show how great the game is, to teach camaraderie, to teach teamwork and great technique,\" Rock Island coach Ben Hammer said.\u00a0

Thrapp, a multi-sport athlete at Assumption, calls football the ultimate team sport.\u00a0

\"You get a bond that's like no other sport,\" he said. \"You get to know guys on a deeper level.\"

As North Scott knocked off PV at Spartan Stadium in the final seconds last season, a win that propelled them into the postseason, several Lancers rushed into the team huddle afterward and shouted, \"Greatest moment ever.\"

\"It provides a family outside your own family,\" Lancer defensive tackle Taylor Hendricksen said. \"You're going to get memories and bonds that last a lifetime.\"

Tippet points to the opportunities it presents for playing time.\u00a0

Basketball has only five starters, baseball features nine (10 counting designated hitter) and soccer 11.\u00a0

If a school has enough bodies, it could start more than 35 different individuals among offense, defense and special teams.

\"You look at our sport, we have 70, 80 opportunities to put guys on the field to be part of something bigger than themselves,\" Tippet said. \"You have to learn how to work for a cause, learn how to be disciplined and learn to work with others. Those are life skills that make people better young men.\"

Going forward

Even with the benefits, coaches are concerned about the direction of football.

Costs are rising. School budgets are tight.\u00a0

\"The concept of the schools not being able to pay for insurance, the schools not being able to pay for equipment, I see that happening in these schools because money is so tight,\" Central DeWitt coach Michael Crane said.

Sacco believes significant changes are in store to continue pushing safety.

\"It wouldn't surprise me one bit if kickoff and kickoff return go away,\" he said. \"They'll just place the ball. I think we'll see things like that way down the road.\"

Crane thinks the right measures have been taken to improve safety. Coaches need to continue promoting the sport but also educating parents, he said.\u00a0

\"They go to a game and they just see people crashing into each other,\" Crane explained. \"They don't understand what goes into that beforehand.\"

VanWetzinga hopes his two boys, Rusty and Joey, can enjoy the high school football experience he once did on Friday nights as a player.

Given Rusty is probably three to four years away and Joey six, he's not so certain.

\"Yeah, I am really concerned where things are headed in the next five to 10 years,\" he said. \"I've got two kids at home that love it, like playing it.\u00a0

\"We're doing everything we can to make the game safer. All of us coaches are in the same boat trying to keep our sport alive.\"

Quad-City Times sports reporters Bobby Metcalf and Jim Meenan contributed to this article.\u00a0

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The playoffs were whittled to 16 teams in each classification last season in Iowa. Nobody in the Iowa Quad-Cities metro survived the first round.

Bettendorf, North Scott and Davenport Assumption fell in the opening round, marking the first time since 1979 nobody from what used to be the Mississippi Athletic Conference prevailed in at least one postseason game.\u00a0

It is a new season and a new opportunity for nine schools in the metro.

Here is five storylines to track with four days until kickoff:

PV ready to flush 2016

Pleasant Valley missed the postseason last season for the first time since 2007. The Spartans finished 4-5, with three of those defeats by 2, 4 and 4 points, respectively, and the other two by just two scores.

Players admitted the team chemistry wasn't as good as it needed to be last fall. They've made that a priority during the offseason.

\"We need to be a team and stick together,\" linebacker David Mathews said. \"We've been doing a lot more activities outside of practice to get the whole team together.\"

Among those activities were attending other sporting events, tailgates or holding a game of laser tag. PV has 61 players on its roster.

\"We're ready to come back with a vengeance,\" tailback Arthur Braden said.

Speedy Bulldogs

Bettendorf might not have the size across the offensive or defensive lines as it has had in previous seasons, but the Bulldogs do have something else.

\"We have a lot of team speed,\" coach Aaron Wiley said. \"I don't know if we've ever had a guy run like Darien Porter.\"

Porter, a junior receiver, was a Class 4A 400-meter state champion last spring. Demari Nicholson, also a standout on the track team, will be manning a spot in the defensive backfield.\u00a0

Combine that with an athletic, dual-threat quarterback in Carter Bell, the Bulldogs could pose plenty of problems for opposing defenses on the perimeter.

\"If we can get our playmakers the football in space, we've got some dangerous kids,\" Wiley said.\u00a0

Best Davenport public?

The three Davenport public schools -- Central, North and West -- will play each other within the first five weeks of the season.\u00a0

Central won city bragging rights last year. West claimed it in 2015.\u00a0

All three have at least 40 players on their varsity roster, a stark improvement from where North was just several years ago when it had around 20.

Still, none of the three have accumulated more than five wins in a season since West concluded 6-4 in 1999.\u00a0

The Falcons could be equipped to make the biggest leap of the three. They have 30 seniors on their roster, including a returning quarterback in Jacob Milem, wide out DJ Mosley and an improved offensive line.\u00a0

North Scott: Five or more wins?

North Scott has won five games each of the past two seasons. It recovered from a 1-4 start last year to reach that mark with four straight district wins.

Behind a returning all-district tailback in Jared Rus and experience on the offensive line, North Scott is primed to eclipse that total this fall.\u00a0

The Lancers have made nine consecutive playoff appearances, third most in the Iowa Q-C metro behind Bettendorf (19) and Assumption (10).

Other than Assumption, North Scott's remaining three non-district games are against schools either with limited experience or possessed a losing record in 2016.

\"The key for us is our inexperienced kids have to play tougher sooner,\" coach Kevin Tippet said.\u00a0

Heavy graduation losses

If you take in a Muscatine or Clinton game early in the season, you'll need a roster to acclimate yourself to all the new names.

Muscatine returns only three starters from last season. Alphonso Soko, Drew Greenhaw, Luke Wichers and Jake Mussehl, an influential part of Muscatine's attack the past two years, have moved on.\u00a0

\"We are extremely young and inexperienced,\" Muscatine coach Jake Mueller said. \"We will be a team that should improve as the season goes along.\"

That could be hard to measure in the win-loss column given the Muskies play Cedar Rapids Kennedy, reigning 4A state runner-up Iowa City West, PV, North Scott and Bettendorf in the first five games.\u00a0

Clinton graduated all-state quarterback Johnny Sullivan along with back Gage Harris, top wide out Ty Wenzel, all-state kicker Tristan Connell and many others. Coach Jon Wauford returns just one starter on offense and two on defense.\u00a0

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Annawan-Wethersfield

August: 25 -- at Knoxville;\u00a0September: 1 -- Elmwood-Brimfield; 8 -- Stark County; 15 -- at Monmouth United; 22 -- Mercer County; 29 -- Princeville;\u00a0October:\u00a06 -- at Ridgewood; 13 -- at Mid-County; 20 -- at West Central

Erie-Prophetstown

August: 25 -- Bureau Valley; September: 1 -- at Rockridge; 8 -- Monmouth-Roseville; 15 -- St. Bede; 22 -- at Kewanee; 29 -- at Princeton; October: 6 -- Sherrard; 13 -- Hall; 20 -- at Fulton

Fulton

August: 25 -- at St. Bede; September: 1 -- Monmouth-Roseville; 8 -- at Bureau Valley; 15 -- Rockridge; 22 -- at Morrison; 29 -- Orion; October: 6 -- Riverdale at Ashford University Field; 13 -- at Sterling Newman; 20 -- Erie-Prophetstown

Geneseo

August: 25 -- Chicago (Lincoln Park) at Augustana College, 6:15 p.m.;\u00a0September: 2 -- Marshall at Augustana College, 5 p.m.; 8 -- Quincy; 15 -- Ottawa; 22 -- at Sterling; 29 -- Rochelle;\u00a0October: 6 -- at LaSalle-Peru; 13 -- at Kaneland; 20 -- Morris

Kewanee

August: 25 -- Sterling Newman; September: 1 -- at Riverdale; 8 -- Morrison; 15 -- at Hall; 22 -- Erie-Prophetstown; 29 -- at Sherrard; October: 6 -- at Princeton; 13 -- St. Bede; 20 -- at Monmouth-Roseville

Mercer County

August: 25 -- at Farmington;\u00a0September: 1 -- Illini West; 8 -- at Mid-County; 15 -- Stark County; 22 -- at Annawan-Wethersfield; 30 -- at Ridgewood, 1 p.m.;\u00a0October: 6 -- West Central; 13 -- Monmouth United; 20 -- Princeville

Morrison

August: 25 -- Sherrard; September: 1 -- at Hall; 8 -- at Kewanee; 15 -- Sterling Newman; 22 -- Fulton; 29 -- at Riverdale; October: 6 -- at Orion; 13 -- Rockridge; 20 -- Bureau Valley

Mid-County

August: 25 -- at Abingdon-Avon;\u00a0September: 1 -- Knoxville; 8 -- Mercer County; 15 -- at Ridgewood; 22 -- West Central; 29 -- Monmouth United;\u00a0October: 6 -- at Princeville; 13 -- Annawan-Wethersfield; 20 -- at Stark County

Orion

August: 25 -- Hall; September: 1 -- at Sherrard; 8 -- Sterling Newman; 15 -- at Riverdale; 22 -- Princeton; 29 -- at Fulton; October: 6 -- Morrison; 13 -- at Bureau Valley; 20 -- at Rockridge

Ridgewood

August: 25 -- at Peoria Heights;\u00a0September: 1 -- Abingdon-Avon; 8 -- at Princeville; 15 -- Mid-County; 22 -- at Stark County; 30 -- Mercer County, 1 p.m.;\u00a0October: 6 -- Annawan-Wethersfield; 13 -- at West Central; 20 -- Monmouth United

Riverdale

August: 25 -- at Princeton; September: 1 -- Kewanee; 8 -- at Rockridge; 15 -- Orion; 22 -- at Bureau Valley; 29 -- Morrison; October: 6 -- Fulton at Ashford University Field; 13 -- at Sherrard; 20 -- Sterling Newman

Rockridge

August: 25 -- at Monmouth-Roseville;\u00a0September: 1 -- Erie-Prophetstown; 8 -- Riverdale; 15 -- at Fulton; 23 -- at Sterling Newman; 29 -- St. Bede;\u00a0October: 6 -- at Bureau Valley; 13 -- at Morrison; 20 -- Orion

Sherrard

August: 25 -- at Morrison; September: 1 -- Orion; 8 -- at St. Bede; 15 -- Princeton; 22 -- at Monmouth-Roseville; 29 -- Kewanee; October: 6 -- at Erie-Prophetstown; 13 -- Riverdale; 20 -- Hall

West Carroll

August: 25 -- at Lena-Winslow;\u00a0September: 1 -- Pecatonica; 8 -- at Amboy-LaMoille; 15 -- at Stockton; 22 -- Galena; 29 -- at Dakota;\u00a0October: 6 -- at Eastland-Pearl City; 13 -- Forreston; 20 -- East Dubuque

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August: 25 -- Camanche; September: 1 -- at Northeast; 8 -- North Cedar; 15 -- at Durant; 22 -- at West Branch; 29 -- Tipton; October: 6 -- at Clayton Ridge; 13 -- Jesup; 20 -- Maquoketa Valley

Camanche

August: 25 -- at Bellevue; September: 1 -- Monticello; 8 -- Mount Vernon; 15 -- at Williamsburg; 22 -- Mid-Prairie at Ashford University Field; 29 -- at Northeast; October: 6 -- Anamosa; 13 -- at Mediapolis; 20 -- West Liberty

Central DeWitt

August: 25 -- at Northeast; September: 1 -- at Cascade; 8 -- Marion; 14 -- at Assumption; 22 -- West Delaware; 29 -- at Dubuque Wahlert; October: 6 -- Maquoketa; 13 -- at Center Point-Urbana; 20 -- Clear Creek-Amana

Columbus Community

August: 18 -- Winfield-Mt. Union; 25 -- Durant; September: 8 -- at Wilton; 15 -- Louisa-Muscatine; 22 -- Wapello; 29 -- at Sigourney-Keota; October: 6 -- Highland; 13 -- at Iowa City Regina; 20 -- at Van Buren Community

Durant

August: 25 -- at Columbus Community; September: 1 -- Wilton; 8 -- at Maquoketa Valley; 15 -- Bellevue; 22 -- at North Cedar; 29 -- West Branch; October: 6 -- at Tipton; 13 -- Clayton Ridge; 20 -- at Jesup

Easton Valley

August: 25 -- at Central Elkader; September: 1 -- Central City; 8 -- Iowa Valley; 15 -- at Midland; 22 -- Springville; 29 -- at English Valleys; October: 6 -- Lone Tree; 13 -- at WACO; 20 -- Baxter

Louisa-Muscatine

August: 25 -- Mid-Prairie; September: 1 -- at Tipton; 8 -- Van Buren Community; 15 -- at Columbus Community; 22 -- at Wilton; 29 -- Wapello; October: 6 -- Sigourney-Keota; 13 -- at Highland; 20 -- Iowa City Regina

Maquoketa

August: 25 -- Cascade; September: 1 -- at Anamosa; 8 -- Center Point-Urbana; 15 -- at Clear Creek-Amana; 22 - Marion; 29 -- Assumption; October: 6 -- at Central DeWitt; 13 -- Dubuque Wahlert; 20 -- at West Delaware

Midland

August: 25 -- at Don Bosco; September: 1 -- Central Elkader; 8 -- at WACO; 15 -- Easton Valley; 22 -- at Iowa Valley; 29 -- Baxter; October: 6 -- Springville; 13 -- at English Valleys; 20 -- Lone Tree

North Cedar

August: 25 -- at Alburnett; September: 1 -- Lisbon; 8 -- at Bellevue; 15 -- Clayton Ridge; 22 -- Durant; 29 -- at Jesup; October: 6 -- West Branch; 13 -- at Maquoketa Valley; 20 -- Tipton

Northeast

August: 25 -- Central DeWitt; September: 1 -- Bellevue; 8 -- at Mediapolis; 15 -- West Liberty; 22 -- at Mount Vernon; 29 -- Camanche; October: 6 -- at Mid-Prairie; 13 -- at Williamsburg; 20 -- Anamosa

Tipton

August: 25 -- at Wilton; September: 1 -- Louisa-Muscatine; 8 -- Clayton Ridge; 15 -- at Jesup; 22 -- Maquoketa Valley; 29 -- at Bellevue; October: 6 -- Durant; 13 -- at West Branch; 20 -- at North Cedar

Wapello

August: 25 -- at New London; September: 1 -- Winfield-Mt. Union; 8 -- at Iowa City Regina; 15 -- Van Buren Community; 22 -- at Columbus Community; 29 -- at Louisa-Muscatine; October: 6 -- Wilton; 13 -- at Sigourney-Keota; 20 -- Highland

West Liberty

August: 25 -- at West Branch; September: 1 -- Highland; 8 -- Mid-Prairie; 15 -- at Northeast; 22 -- Anamosa; 29 -- at Mediapolis; October: 6 -- at Williamsburg; 13 -- Mount Vernon; 20 -- at Camanche

Wilton

August: 25 -- Tipton; September: 1 -- at Durant; 8 -- Columbus Community; 15 -- at Highland; 22 -- Louisa-Muscatine; 29 -- Iowa City Regina; October: 6 -- at Wapello; 13 -- at Van Buren Community; 20 -- Sigourney-Keota

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Week 1

Aug. 25 -- Tipton at Wilton:\u00a0Separated by 17 miles, these two schools resumed their rivalry last year after a two-year hiatus, with the Beavers beating the Tigers 32-8. Both teams return their starting quarterbacks, with Tipton's Ben Emrich coming off a season in which he totaled over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns through the air and ground. Wilton's Jerome Mays racked up more than 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns in his sophomore season.

Other must-see games:

Assumption at North Scott

Central DeWitt at Northeast

DeKalb at Moline

Sterling Newman at Kewanee

West Des Moines Valley at Bettendorf

Week 2

Sept. 1 -- Central at West: Neither Davenport public school has had much success in the past decade, but the last two meetings have been competitive. West pulled out a 35-20 win two years ago while Central squeaked out a 28-26 triumph last year. Central has just nine linemen but good team speed. West, trying to snap a 15-game losing streak going into 2017, returns a 1,300-yard passer in Jacob Milem and a talented wide out in DJ Mosley.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Alleman at Quincy Notre Dame

Bellevue at Northeast

Bettendorf at Assumption (Thurs.)

Erie-Prophetstown at Rockridge

Orion at Sherrard

Week 3

Sept. 8 -- Quincy at Geneseo:\u00a0The best player in the Western Big Six, running back Jirehl Brock, visits Geneseo. A year ago, he averaged 9.2 yards per carry while rushing for 1,381 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. He's already being heavily recruited with offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Illinois and Missouri. Geneseo hasn't played a Western Big Six school since beating Moline 31-12 in 2009.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Assumption at West Delaware

Bettendorf at Cedar Rapids Washington

Peoria Richwoods at Rock Island

Stark County at Annawan-Wethersfield

Sterling Newman at Orion

Week 4

Sept. 15 -- Pleasant Valley at Bettendorf:\u00a0Since it is a non-district game, it has no postseason implications. Still, bragging rights are at stake between schools separated by less than two miles. PV has experience on the offensive line and a good 1-2 punch in backfield with Arthur Braden and Collin Ankton. Bettendorf has a plethora of speed, led by track standouts Darien Porter and Demari Nicholson. It is final tune-up for both before district play.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Alleman at Rock Island

Easton Valley at Midland

Rockridge at Fulton

Stark County at Mercer County

United Township at Moline

Week 5

Sept. 22 -- Mercer County at Annawan-Wethersfield: Lincoln Trail powers battle it out in a mid-season clash. Though the Titans are going through a transition on offense, they do still have all-state linebacker and tight end Ben Buresh. The Golden Eagles have a solid two-headed rushing attack in Quinten King and Wyatt Kellogg, who combined for more than 1,300 total yards and 16 touchdowns.

Other must-see games:

Davenport North at Davenport Central

Durant at North Cedar

Fulton at Morrison

Geneseo at Sterling

Quincy at Rock Island

Week 6

Sept. 29 -- Rock Island at Moline:\u00a0Two first-year head coaches, Moline's Mike Morrissey and Rock Island's Ben Hammer, square off at Browning Field in the state's oldest rivalry. Moline operates a pro-style offense utilizing the spread. Rock Island will be in a spread offense. So the ball could be flying around a bit. However, both teams \u00a0return running backs that rushed for more than 700 yards as juniors in Rock Island's Tavion Brooks and Moline's Marcus Atnip.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Iowa City Regina at Wilton

Muscatine at Davenport North (Thurs.)

North Scott at Western Dubuque

Orion at Fulton

Tipton at Bellevue

Week 7

Oct. 6 -- Pleasant Valley at North Scott: This game likely will have significant playoff implications. North Scott marched down the field and won in the final seconds last year at Spartan Stadium, 32-28, a loss that kept PV out of the postseason for first time since 2007. The last five meetings have each been decided by one score. In the seven times they've played since 2012, PV has won four and North Scott three.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Davenport Central at Clinton

Durant at Tipton

Maquoketa at Central DeWitt

Quincy at Moline

Wilton at Wapello

Week 8

Oct. 13 -- Moline at Alleman:\u00a0Could shape up to be a battle between the quarterbacks at Lindberg Stadium. Moline returns Eric Maffie and Alleman brings back Sam Mattecheck, both capable of being all-conference performers by season's end. Mattecheck is a dual-threat but particularly effective with the run. Maffie is more of a passing QB but has the capabilities to run.\u00a0

Other must-see games:

Fulton at Sterling Newman

Iowa City High at Bettendorf

North Scott at Dubuque Senior

Rock Island at Galesburg

Riverdale at Sherrard

Week 9

Oct. 20 -- Orion at Rockridge: In what figures to be a loaded Three Rivers West, both teams expect to be factors at the end of the season, and this game could end up being for the conference title. Rockridge features a dynamic offense led by quarterback Riley Fetterer. Orion features Iowa commit Logan Lee on both sides of the ball.

Other must-see games:

Marion at Assumption (Thurs.)

Metea Valley at Rock Island

Morris at Geneseo

Pleasant Valley at Dubuque Senior

Sigourney-Keota at Wilton

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Alleman

August:\u00a025 \u2013- at Peoria Notre Dame;\u00a0September: 1 -\u2013 at Quincy Notre Dame; 8 \u2013- Sterling; 15 \u2013- at Rock Island; 22 \u2013- at United Township; 29 -\u2013 at Quincy;\u00a0October:\u00a06 -\u2013 Galesburg; 13 -\u2013 Moline; 20 \u2013- Chicago Heights (Bloom Township)

Moline

August: 25 -- DeKalb; September: 1 -\u2013 at Oak Park Fenwick; 8 \u2013- at Richton Park (Rich South); 15 \u2013- United Township; 22 -- at Galesburg; 29 -\u2013 Rock Island; October:\u00a06 -\u2013 Quincy; 13 \u2013- at Alleman; 20 -\u2013 Palos Hills (Stagg)

Rock Island

August: 25 \u2013- at St. Charles East; September: 1 \u2013- at South Holland (Thornwood); 8 -\u2013 Peoria Richwoods; 15 -\u2013 Alleman; 22 \u2013- Quincy; 29 -\u2013 at Moline; October: 6 \u2013- at United Township; 13 -- at Galesburg; 20 -- Aurora (Metea Valley)

United Township

August:\u00a026 \u2013- Chicago Charter Tech Academy;\u00a0September:\u00a01 \u2013- at East Peoria; 8 \u2013- LaSalle-Peru; 15 -- at Moline; 22 \u2013- Alleman; 29 -\u2013 Galesburg;\u00a0October:\u00a06 -\u2013 Rock Island; 13 -- Quincy; 20 \u2013- Richton Park (Rich South)

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Assumption

August:\u00a025 -- at North Scott. 31 -- Bettendorf;\u00a0September:\u00a08 -- at West Delaware; 14 -- Central DeWitt; 21 -- Dubuque Wahlert; 29 -- at Maquoketa; October: 6 -- Center Point-Urbana; 13 -- at Clear Creek Amana; 19 -- Marion

Bettendorf

August: 25 -- West Des Moines Valley; 31 -- at Assumption; September: 8 -- at Cedar Rapids Washington; 15 -- Pleasant Valley; 22 -- at Muscatine; 29 -- Clinton; October: 5 -- at Davenport North; 13 -- Iowa City High; 20 -- at Davenport Central

Clinton

August: 25 -- Davenport West; September: 1 -- at North Scott; 8 -- at Cedar Rapids Prairie; 15 -- Dubuque Senior; 22 -- at Iowa City High; 29 -- at Bettendorf; October: 6 -- Davenport Central; 13 -- Davenport North; 20 -- at Muscatine

Davenport Central

August: 24 -- Burlington; September: 1 -- at Davenport West; 7 -- North Scott; 15 -- at Cedar Rapids Prairie; 22 -- Davenport North; 29 -- at Iowa City High; October: 6 -- at Clinton; 13 -- Muscatine; 20 -- Bettendorf

Davenport North

August: 25 -- Dubuque Hempstead; September: 1 -- at Burlington; 8 -- at Dubuque Senior; 15 -- Davenport West; 22 -- at Davenport Central; 28 -- Muscatine; October: 5 -- Bettendorf; 13 -- at Clinton; 20 -- at Iowa City High

Davenport West

August: 25 -- at Clinton; September: 1 -- Davenport Central; 8 -- Burlington; 15 -- at Davenport North; 22 -- at Dubuque Senior; 29 -- Pleasant Valley; October: 6 -- at Dubuque Hempstead; 12 -- Western Dubuque; 20 -- at North Scott

Muscatine

August: 25 -- Cedar Rapids Kennedy; September: 1 -- at Iowa City West; 8 -- at Pleasant Valley; 15 -- North Scott; 22 -- Bettendorf; 28 -- at Davenport North; October: 6 -- Iowa City High; 13 -- at Davenport Central; 20 -- Clinton

North Scott

August: 25 -- Assumption; September: 1 -- Clinton; 7 -- at Davenport Central; 15 -- at Muscatine; 22 -- Dubuque Hempstead; 29 -- at Western Dubuque; October: 6 -- Pleasant Valley; 13 -- at Dubuque Senior; 20 -- Davenport West

Pleasant Valley

August: 25 -- Cedar Rapids Jefferson; September: 1 -- at Iowa City High; 8 -- Muscatine; 15 -- at Bettendorf; 22 -- Western Dubuque; 29 -- at Davenport West; October: 6 -- at North Scott; 13 -- Dubuque Hempstead; 20 -- at Dubuque Senior

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Donaven Juarez does not wow spectators with size or speed.

But when it comes to getting into opposing backfields or applying pressure on quarterbacks, the Davenport Assumption senior is very noticeable.

\"He's got determination,\" teammate Ray Thrapp said. \"When he puts his mind to it, he's a beast on defense.\"

Juarez started last season as a linebacker but shifted to defensive end. He was the team's leading tackler with 68.5 stops (10 for loss). The 6-foot and 220-pounder will anchor Assumption's defensive line again this fall.

In Assumption's win over Maquoketa last year, Juarez\u00a0\u2014 also a starter on the baseball team\u00a0\u2014 was in on 13 tackles and recorded three sacks.

\"There is a lot of weight on my shoulders because you can't lose contain,\" Juarez said. \"(End) is the go-to guy on our defense.\"

Juarez admits he rather be playing linebacker but also understands the necessity of staying at end for the benefit of the team.

\"He's probably the kid on our team who has had to sacrifice the most because he'd love to be at linebacker,\" coach Wade King said. \"He's one of those kids that has a lot of energy and a high motor.\"

Five to know

Nolan Bell, Muscatine, sr.

Spencer Daufeldt, West Liberty, jr.

Jatten Kuhrt, Bettendorf, sr.

Jared Townsend, Wilton, jr.

Garrard Vyshar, Rock Island, sr.

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A constant in Annawan-Wethersfield's last two Class 2A semifinal berths has been a stifling defense, and the constant in the defense has been Ben Buresh.

The senior linebacker has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons, helping the Titans allow 14.0 points per game over that span.

Buresh was named first team all-state last season but his contributions go beyond the defensive side of the field. As a tight end, Buresh had 668 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he presents a challenge for opposing offenses, too. He's big to run through and with the speed and hands to make opposing quarterbacks pay for any ill-advised throws.

Annawan-Wethersfield has made the playoffs in every season since 2007. With the graduation of seven seniors, including all-state quarterback Bryce Bumphrey, expect Buresh to be the key piece if the Titans continue to sustain their success.

Five to know

Marcus Atnip, Moline, sr.\u00a0

Dawson Frett, Durant, sr.

DeAngelo Horne, Rock Island, sr.

David Mathews, Pleasant Valley, sr.\u00a0

Dakota Wright, Davenport North, sr.

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Arthur Braden has been on the cusp of 1,000 rushing yards each of the past two seasons. The Pleasant Valley back has another crack at it this fall.

The 5-foot-10 and 191-pound senior will power PV's ground game for a third straight year. He's rushed for 1,910 yards, more than 6.5 yards per carry and 18 scores the past two seasons.

Braden was a quarterback until moving to the backfield in junior high. He is very efficient as a one-cut back.

\"He gets downhill in a hurry,\" PV coach Rusty VanWetzinga said. \"He slashes, he's tough and he gets to top speed in a hurry.

\"You better put some pads on him. If you don't, he can certainly run right through you. He's got some physicality that you can't teach.\"

PV has not had an all-state tailback since Tom Mappin was honorable mention by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2000. Braden has lofty goals this season as the Spartans look to rebound from an uncharacteristic 4-5 campaign.

\"I'm satisfied with my career to this point, but I'm not done yet,\" Braden said.

Braden wants to continue football beyond high school. He's had conversations with the University of North Dakota and plans to take a game-day visit next month.

Five to know

Tavion Brooks, Rock Island, sr.

Parker Corson, Riverdale, sr.

Jatoviay Hill, Davenport Central, sr.

Jared Rus, North Scott, sr.\u00a0

Nick Smith, Central DeWitt, sr.

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Sam Mattecheck is a good, old-fashioned athlete.

A pitcher and outfielder on the Western Big Six championship baseball squad, the junior returns to lead Alleman's football team at quarterback and in the defensive backfield.

Although most think of him as a quarterback where he rushed for 546 yards on just 55 carries and 10 touchdowns, he also started six games at cornerback and recorded 10 pass break-ups.

His best game in the secondary came against Moline. The 6-foot, 164-pounder had three pass break-ups as the Maroons tried to rally.

Besides his God-given talent, Alleman coach Todd Depoorter cites Mattecheck's coachability as a key to his success.

Mattecheck says the challenge of starting at both positions requires staying in good shape.

Part of the key to playing defensive back is paying attention in practice and knowing your assignment, Mattecheck said.

\"You have to really be able to move in space and work with the other DBs and communicate with them,\" he noted. \"You really have to communicate.\"

Five to know

Josh Licata, Bettendorf, sr.

Deshawn Mabalcon, Kewanee, sr.

Jerome Mays, Wilton, jr.

Eli Suastegui, Moline, sr.

Michail Sudberry, Rock Island, sr.

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Northeast could be poised for a breakout season thanks to an aerial attack on offense.

The Rebels finished fourth in Class 2A last year with over 2,400 passing yards and there are several returning weapons for Rebels quarterback Nate Lange.

Braeden Hoyer figures to be a big one.

Hoyer is coming off a sophomore season in which he caught 49 passes for 821 yards \u2014 seventh in 2A\u00a0\u2014\u00a0and eight touchdowns, earning third team all-state honors.

At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, he provides a big target and has plenty of hops. Hoyer placed fourth at state in the 2A high jump and recorded a season-high jump of 6-8. Hoyer also ran the 400 leg on the Rebels' fourth-place distance medley relay and has plenty of speed, catching a 91-yard touchdown pass in the opening game last year against Central DeWitt.

The Rebels haven't had a winning season since 2009, so while Hoyer would like to keep growing as a player, his biggest focus is on doing whatever it takes to help the Rebels make some noise.

\"My expectations are to better myself as a leader and to get my teammates involved,\" Hoyer said. \"All-state was great but I like my team better.\"

Five to know

Steven Earthely, Kewanee, sr.

Ben Ellis, Rock Island, sr.\u00a0

Logan Lee, Orion, jr.

DJ Mosley, Davenport West, sr.\u00a0

Neicko Williams, United Township, sr.

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Nickolas Roessler is a man with a plan. And that plan includes getting a college scholarship as a kicker.

The Rock Island quarterback/kicker/punter returns as a starter in the latter two positions. A year ago, besides being the backup signal caller, he made two of three field goals and 49 of 56 PAT kicks. He also was known for his deep directional kicks on kickoffs and averaged 34.6 yards on 28 punts.\u00a0

He went to the Kohl's kicking camp in Wisconsin this summer along with a camp at the University of Iowa. He performed better at Iowa, making four of five field goals in competition and finishing in the top 10.\u00a0

His goal this year is not to miss any PATs or field goals and have 85 percent of his kickoffs go into the end zone.

\"Kickoffs and field goals are definitely my strength, and that's what I tried to focus on this summer,\" Roessler said.

With no wind, Roessler's range is around 55 to 56 yards. If he earns the starting nod at QB, he said it won't affect his kicking other than positive motivation to score.

\"I expect us to score a lot,\" he said. \"So we will be able to kick a lot of (point-after kicks) and kickoffs. We will see how that goes.\"

Five to know

Fisher Bisinger, Midland, sr.

Cade Daugherty, Bellevue, sr.

Camden Glenn, Pleasant Valley, sr.

Andrew Lundvall, North Scott, jr.

Patrick Schmitt, Alleman, sr.\u00a0

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Riley Fetterer was thrown into the fire last season.

As a sophomore, the Rockridge Rocket took over at quarterback in Week 3 with his team down 20-0 in the second quarter against Bureau Valley.

It proved to be no problem for Fetterer, who ran for 271 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Rockets to a 32-20 lead.

All told, Fetterer accounted for 2,485 from the quarterback position and 33 total touchdowns, helping Rockridge reach the second round of the playoffs last season.\u00a0

With the speed of a receiver but the ability to make plays with his arm, Fetterer gives Rockridge a potent weapon. Add in the return of Michael Griffin, whose injury helped Fetterer solidify the spot, and Rockridge feels it can be very dynamic and creative offensively.

\"I think he did some special things last year and no one was really prepared for that to happen,\" head coach Sam Graves said of Fetterer. \"You hope you see better things this year because he has a year of experience and hopefully that helps him with the decision-making and understanding defenses a little more.\"

Five to know

Carter Bell, Bettendorf, jr.\u00a0

Logan Belzer, Wapello, sr.

Jackson Foulk, Muscatine, sr.

Jayce Levy, Assumption, sr.

Eric Maffie, Moline, sr.

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As a sophomore last season, Griffen Deere had the chance to team up with and learn from a pair of Division I offensive line recruits and an all-district center.

With Mark Kallenberger, Cole Webster and Kamrin Arons moving on, Deere steps into a leadership role on Bettendorf's offensive line. The 6-foot-1 and 290-pound junior, in his second season as a starter, has the versatility to play any of the line positions but primarily will be at right guard.

Deere had quite an introduction to varsity football last season. As a 15-year-old, he was lined up against West Des Moines Valley senior and first team all-stater Bedale Naba.

\"I feel a lot more comfortable than last year,\" Deere said. \"I didn't know what to expect last year. Everything seems to be going smoother and feels a lot easier to go through it.\"

Deere said his footwork has progressed in the last year but still needs to concentrate on getting quicker. Head coach Aaron Wiley believes with continued development, Deere can join Kallenberger and Webster at the Division I level.

Five to know

Mitchell Butcher, Moline, sr.\u00a0

Mike Elston, Rock Island sr.\u00a0

Cole Ernst, North Scott, sr.

Kaleb Goodlow, United Township, sr.\u00a0

Maurice Hughes, Davenport Central, sr.

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The Quad-Cities area always brings exciting football year in and year out.

As communities rally together on Friday nights, there is plenty to watch.

Rocky road

The Three Rivers Athletic Conference always has been a gauntlet but the Rock Division might present the toughest task for teams looking to make the playoffs.

Already difficult, with four teams making the playoffs last year, the division likely gets even tougher with the addition of Sterling Newman coming over from the Mississippi Division.

The Comets went 11-1 last year, making it to the Class 2A quarterfinals and there's plenty of history in the program with five state titles.

Fulton is the defending champion of the Rock Division, and the two defending conference champions meet in Week 8 in a rematch of a game that Newman edged out 30-22 last year.

The conference also has Rockridge, Orion and Bureau Valley \u2014\u00a0all reached the playoffs last year \u2014\u00a0as well as an improved Riverdale and Morrison. Look for a battle every week in the TRAC Rock.

Lightning in a bottle

Last year, two Iowa area teams enjoyed unprecedented success.\u00a0

Bellevue and Midland both won their first-ever playoff games, and Midland made its first-ever trip to the UNI-Dome before falling in the 8-man semifinals.

Both graduate key players, but return plenty to try and make similar runs. However, there are some other teams that are hoping for breakout seasons of their own.

West Liberty went 5-4 last year but return quarterback Seth Feldman, running back Joe Kelly and a strong defensive piece in Spencer Daufeldt who had 10 sacks last year.

Staying in the district, Northeast is another team that could enjoy a breakout season. Despite going 2-7 last year, the Rebels return all-state receiver Braeden Hoyer as well as quarterback Nate Lange, receiver Dawson Stoll and tight end/linebacker Luke Empen.

Among other strong teams like Wilton and Wapello, Columbus Community may have already made a big statement with a 27-13 Week 0 win over Winfield-Mt. Union. Quarterback Abel Mena had 265 total yards and four touchdowns in the win.

With so many teams possibly poised for success, it will be interesting to see which ones can actually realize their potential.

Staying healthy

As is always the case in small schools, health is of utmost importance for a successful season.

With some varsity rosters as thin as 20 players, one injury could make or break a season.

Even teams that have weathered injuries in the past would like to avoid having to do so again this season.

The past two seasons, Rockridge has lost its starting quarterback in Week 3. The Rockets have done a masterful job of working through the setback, with the backup coming in and taking the job for the rest of the season and leading the team to the playoffs.

It's something they'd like to avoid again.

\"I think a lot of small schools fall into that category now and say they can\u2019t have any injuries but it\u2019s true,\" Rockridge coach Sam Graves said. \"It\u2019s just, anywhere, we\u2019ve got to avoid that, we\u2019ve got to be lucky and that\u2019s ultimately what it boils down to is pure luck with injuries.\"

State aspirations

It wasn't that long ago that one could pencil in a team from the Illinois area playing for a state title.

Since 2013, there hasn't been a team playing in the final game, snapping a streak of five straight years the area had a state champion.

There are plenty of candidates to snap that drought. Along with the aforementioned teams from the difficult TRAC Rock, Annawan-Wethersfield is coming off a state semifinal appearance.

The Titans have some key pieces to replace offensively but are still expected to be strong again. Fellow Lincoln Trail foe Mercer County also has lofty expectations with several returning players from a 7-3 season.

And don't count out Geneseo. The Maple Leafs are young and have a tough schedule but if they make the playoffs, they might be as battle-tested as any team in the postseason.

Changing times

Central DeWitt has long employed the triple-option offense, but new coach Michael Crane is looking to integrate a spread-read option concept that helped Davenport West roll out a balanced offensive attack last year.

The Sabers have had just one season with more than 1,000 passing yards in the past decade and have been learning this offense in the last month.

With a program with so much tradition and history undergoing such a big change on offense, it will be worth watching to see if the change helps the Sabers compete in a tough district with Assumption, West Delaware, Clear Creek-Amana, an improved Marion, and longtime rival Maquoketa.

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There is plenty of change in the Western Big Six this fall.\u00a0

Starting with three new head coaches, the conference figures to be interesting yet unpredictable.\u00a0

Here is a look at five potential storylines to follow:\u00a0

New men in charge

Three new coaches grace the Big Six sidelines this year, Moline\u2019s Mike Morrissey, Rock Island\u2019s Ben Hammer and United Township\u2019s Jim DuPage.

DuPage and Morrissey were quarterbacks in high school and college while Hammer was an offensive lineman.

Expect all three to throw the ball a bit as Moline will show some variations of the spread offense, Rock Island will run a spread option again despite the coaching change and DuPage has indicated he will pass more than UT has done in the past.

Both Rock Island (Tavion Brooks and DeAngelo Horne) and Moline (Marcus Atnip) have quality running backs returning. So far, based on numbers alone, all three seem to be connecting well with their players as each has about 50 players on the varsity.

Beware of the Brock

The Big Six does not select a player of the year, but if it did, there\u2019s a good chance Quincy junior Jirehl Brock would have been the pick last year.

Brock rushed for 25 scores and a 9.2 average (1,381 yards, including 20 TDs and 929 yards in the conference). He also led the Devils to the Big Six title as they averaged 49 points per game in league play. \u00a0

Defense anyone?

Can anybody play defense? Only Galesburg answered that question in the affirmative in the conference last year.

The Streaks blanked Moline and held Alleman and UT to one touchdown each. The Streaks won all three games but lost to Rock Island 26-14 and to Quincy 31-17, so as good as the Streak defense was, it was not good enough to stop the two best offenses in the league.

The team to watch defensively might be Rock Island, which has at least 10 players returning who saw significant time a year ago. \u00a0

Moline could easily make great improvements, too.

Keep an eye on QBs

A year after Rock Island\u2019s Alek Jacobs accumulated more than 1,40 passing yards and 1,042 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns in 12 games, Alleman and Moline return starting quarterbacks.

Sam Mattecheck is under center for Alleman. Eric Maffie leads the Maroons.

Mattecheck rushed for 546 yards and 8 TDs (445 yards for nearly 11 yards per carry and 7 TDs in the Big Six), and Maffie threw for 730 yards and 11 scores (345 and 5 TDs in conference).

Rock Island has some tools with last year's backup Nick Roessler and the athletic junior Ian Purvis splitting duties.

Another QB to keep an eye on is United Township senior Bobby Neal, who saw considerable action a year ago.

League up for grabs

So which team is the favorite? One would expect it to be Quincy which does return the league\u2019s best player from an undefeated squad in league play.

Rock Island returns 26 lettermen. What you can likely expect is a lot of close games, said Moline coach Mike Morrissey.

\u201cThis year is so different because I don\u2019t know if there\u2019s a frontrunner necessarily but there\u2019s some good players in our conference,\u201d Morrissey said. \u201cThe running back (Brock) down at Quincy, to me, was the best player in our conference last year. For him to come back as a junior, they will have an advantage with that kid every time they step on the field offensively.

\"Every team lost quite a bit of production across the board, so I think it\u2019s going to be a battle, week in and week out,\" he noted.\u00a0

\u201cWe may have a two-loss team that wins the conference, or one loss team that\u2019s had a bunch of close games that wins it. I think it\u2019s going to be really competitive and a lot of fun on Friday nights.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2013 Fall camp is still filled with the daily grind of hard work and filled with sweat, but for the first time ever Drake Kulick loves every minute of it.

Returning to his role as the starting fullback on the Iowa football team, the senior from Muscatine views things differently as he works his way back from a broken leg.

\u201cI\u2019m more driven than ever to get back and honestly, I\u2019m having a lot more fun out there because I realize now that things happen and it can be taken from you pretty quickly,\u2019\u2019 Kulick said. \u201cI appreciate it that much more.\u2019\u2019

It hasn\u2019t always been that way for Kulick.

He admits the weeks leading up to the start of the season have not been the most enjoyable time of the year.

\u201cComing into camp before, I\u2019ve dreaded it,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cEverybody knows that camp sucks. We don\u2019t come out here to have a bunch of fun and enjoy ourselves. This is the time of the year we come out here to get better and make sure we can become the best football team we can be.\u2019\u2019

There have been no two-a-day workouts this August for the Hawkeyes \u2013 a byproduct of new NCAA rules \u2013 but the 29 practices leading up to the Hawkeyes\u2019 11 a.m. season opener on Sept. 2 against Wyoming still push Iowa to be ready for the rigors of a challenge-filled 12-game schedule.

Kulick welcomes that.

\u201cWhen the injury happened and having the offseason I\u2019ve had, it\u2019s given me a broader outlook on camp as a whole because I know I\u2019m coming here and I have to get back to where I was before and be better than I was before.\u2019\u2019

One snap of the ball in the Hawkeyes\u2019 regular-season finale against Nebraska last season was all it took to change Kulick\u2019s perspective.

The play call on Iowa\u2019s first snap of the game was an inside zone handoff to LeShun Daniels, who gained five yards but lost Kulick\u2019s blocking skill for the remainder of the season.

Kulick waved to the crowd and shouted encouragement to his teammates as he was carted off the turf at Kinnick Stadium, telling them to do what he did \u2014\u00a0leave it all on the field \u2014\u00a0and the Hawkeyes responded with a 40-10 win over the Cornhuskers.

\u201cIt didn\u2019t bother me. Fluky things happen. Sometimes, you get hurt,\u2019\u2019 Kulick said. \u201cWhen you play fullback, I don\u2019t think you can be too shy about playing with pain. It goes with the deal.\u2019\u2019

In the months since, Kulick has watched the play that ended his season and led to more than eight months of rehab multiple times.

\u201cI actually made a pretty good block before it happened,\u2019\u2019 Kulick said. \u201cI knew right away what had happened and going back and looking at, it was good to know the block I had was a good one. I did my job.\u2019\u2019

He looks forward to doing that again.

The role of the fullback in the Hawkeye offense is more grit than glamour.

Kulick has carried the ball four times his career, just once a year ago for a one-yard gain in a 28-0 win at Illinois. His only reception came during a 2015 game at Northwestern, a 22-yard gain.

His work is more reflected in the gains of others.

\u201cIt\u2019s good to have Drake back out there,\u2019\u2019 senior running back Akrum Wadley said. \u201cWhen he\u2019s doing his job, I can do mine. That\u2019s how it all works and he\u2019s good at what he does, real good.\u2019\u2019

Kulick will again split time at fullback with Brady Ross, continuing a rotation at the position that started several years ago when Macon Plewa and Adam Cox teamed up to keep fresh bodies and maximum effort on the field for Iowa.

\u201cIt\u2019s something that\u2019s worked well for us and it\u2019s great. You go out and give it everything you have on every play, just leave it all on the field,\u2019\u2019 Kulick said.

Kulick welcomes the chance to get ready to do that again more than anything, taking nothing for granted as he prepares for his season.

\u201cIt felt good to be back on the field on July 30th. It really did. And, it\u2019s going to feel even better on the second of September when we get to run onto the turf for a game at Kinnick again,\u2019\u2019 Kulick said. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a lot of fun.\u2019\u2019

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The world of college basketball recruiting has had more than its share of sleazy, slimy, suspiciously smelly incidents through the years.

But the stench increased just a little bit more this past week with the recruitment of a kid named Marvin Bagley.

Bagley is an immensely gifted 6-foot-11 forward from California who was rated as the No. 1 prospect in the country in the class of 2018. Or at least he was until last week.

Bagley took a page from LeBron James\u2019 book by deciding to announce his college choice on national television, on ESPN SportsCenter late Monday night.

He revealed that he is going to Duke.

Oh, and he also announced that he is going now.

He\u2019s no longer part of the class of 2018. He decided he\u2019s now in the class of 2017.

Whoever thought such a thing was possible? It\u2019s become commonplace for top prospects to be \u201creclassified\u2019\u2019 to a later class by the NCAA so they can attend prep school for a year, improve their grades and enhance their stock with recruiters.

But Bagley applied to be reclassified forward so he can get to the NBA a year earlier. He presumably will be there at Duke on Tuesday for new undergraduate student orientation and will begin attending classes \u2014 maybe that\u2019s too much of a presumption \u2014 a week after that.

Isn\u2019t Duke supposed to be a school with lofty academic standards? This guy attended three different high schools, reportedly did a considerable amount of his high school coursework online, then suddenly decided to skip his senior year of high school. And he has the academic credentials to get into a school with that sort of reputation? Does this smell rotten to anyone else?

Bagley\u2019s choice of schools reportedly came down to Duke, UCLA and USC, and the victorious Blue Devils weren\u2019t the only contender that seemingly was willing to abandon its scruples in order to get a highly skilled, ridiculously athletic player.

USC already has the maximum 13 players on scholarship. Head coach Andy Enfield apparently was going to run off one of his existing players to create a spot for Bagley. The Trojans even went so far as to offer a scholarship to Bagley\u2019s 7-year-old brother in hopes of swaying his decision.

The younger Bagley presumably would be eligible to sign with the class of 2029.

Unless he decides to reclassify.

***

In the film Tin Cup, golfer Roy McAvoy expresses his love for his 7-iron. He feels he doesn\u2019t even need his other clubs sometimes. He feels as though he can do anything when he has that 7 in his hands.

Jim Bellig of Bettendorf must feel the same way. Bellig recently notched a pair of hole in ones at Davenport Country Club just four days apart.

And he got them both with his 7-iron.

On Aug. 9, he scored an ace on the 135-yards 15th hole. Then on Aug. 13, he repeated the feat on the 140-yard eighth hole.

***

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins seems destined to finish with a higher home run total than any major league player in the past decade.

Going into the weekend, he had hit 44 homers in 119 games and was on pace to hit 60. The last time anyone did that was 2001, when Barry Bonds clubbed the all-time record of 73 and Sammy Sosa hit 64.

If Stanton could maintain the pace he has set since the All-Star break \u2014 23 homers in 36 games \u2014 he would finish with 71.

***

We\u2019ll go out on a limb and guess that new Illinois basketball boss Brad Underwood coaches better than he sings. Illini fans had better hope so.

Underwood gave one of the worst renditions ever of \u201cTake Me Out to the Ballgame\u2019\u2019 during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field on Thursday. It was painful to watch and hear.

To his credit, Underwood knew it.

\u201cI\u2019d rather coach naked than sing in front of 40,000,\u201d Underwood reportedly said following the game. \u201cThere\u2019s a reason my wife won\u2019t let me sing in church.\u201d

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Coach: Chris Ash (2-10 entering second season and overall)

2016 record: 2-10, 0-9 Big Ten (seventh, East)

Offensive starters returning (6): OL Tariq Cole, WR Janarion Grant, WR Jawuan Harris, OL Dorian Miller, QB Gio Rescigno, OL Kamaal Seymour

Defensive starters returning (8): DB Blessaun Austin, DL Darnell Davis, DB Saquan Hampton, DL Sebastian Joseph, LB Tyreek Maddox-Williams, LB Trevor Morris , LB Deonte Roberts, DB Isaiah Wharton

Specialists returning (3): K David Bonagura, P Michael Cintron, K Jared Smolar

Returning statistical leaders: Rushing, Robert Martin 121-625; Passing, Gio Rescigno 86-163-5-889-5; Receiving, Janarion Grant 20-210; Tackles, Trevor Morris 102; Interceptions, KJ Gary 1 .

Starring roles

Janarion Grant: Returns from a broken ankle suffered in a game against Iowa to provide a true speed threat at wide receiver. The 5-foot-10 senior who received a medical redshirt year caught 20 passes for 210 yards before his injury after grabbing 35 passes during his junior season. He has scored eight touchdowns on special teams, matching the NCAA career record.

Robert Martin: Led Rutgers with 625 rushing yards last season and the 5-11, 210-pound senior is the most experienced back among a deep group of possibilities that includes returning senior Josh Hicks. Miami grad transfer Gus Edwards and Arkansas grad transfer Damon Mitchell will get a look in the backfield.

Deonte Roberts: A junior middle linebacker, Roberts recorded 95 tackles a year ago, including three tackles for a loss. The Scarlet Knights return all three linebackers and eight defensive starters from a defense which will look to improve on the 5.7 yards per carry it allowed opposing rushers last season.

On the rise

Kemoko Turay: The senior has returned from shoulder surgery to position himself to compete at defensive end this season. The 6-5, 255-pound Turay recorded seven of his 11.5 career sacks as a freshman before dealing with injuries. He is healthy again after recording two sacks among the three tackles he had a year ago in limited snaps in eight games.

Newbie

Jerry Kill: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is the Scarlet Knights\u2019 new offensive coordinator, bringing to Rutgers a history of turning around programs at every stop during a coaching career which includes time at Saginaw Valley State, Emporia State, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois before he led the Golden Gophers. He\u2019ll bring multiple formations to an offense which rated as the Big Ten\u2019s worst last season. One of his first tasks will be settling on a starting quarterback. Gio Rescigno returns, but is facing competition from Louisville graduate transfer Kyle Bowlin and true freshman Johnathan Lewis.

The big number

8

Number of games the Scarlet Knights failed two score two touchdowns in during a 2016 season which saw the team shutout four times.

Coach speak

\u201cFor us, 2016 wasn\u2019t fun. It was awful, but we\u2019ve moved on. It\u2019s behind us and we\u2019re a lot better football team because of what we went through a year ago. We went through a lot of adversity, a lot of tough times, a lot of challenges. They all brought our team closer together. We hit the reset button in December, when it was over, and we are a very committed football team right now.\u2019\u2019 \u2013 Chris Ash

2017 schedule

Sept. 1 \u2013 Washington

Sept. 9 \u2013 Eastern Michigan

Sept. 16 \u2013 Morgan State

Sept. 23 \u2013 at Nebraska

Sept. 30 \u2013 Ohio State*

Oct. 14 \u2013 at Illinois

Oct. 21 \u2013 Purdue

Oct. 28 \u2013 at Michigan*

Nov. 4 \u2013 Maryland*

Nov. 11 \u2013 at Penn State*

Nov. 18 \u2013 at Indiana*

Nov. 25 \u2013 Michigan State*

*-- East Division opponent

Numerology

Where Rutgers ranked in the Big Ten in 2016:

Scoring offense: 15.7 (14th)

Rushing offense: 144.2 (12th)

Passing offense: 138.3 (14th)

Total offense: 282.2 (14th)

Scoring defense: 37.5 (13th)

Rushing defense: 264.2 (14th)

Passing defense: 186.5 (Fourth)

Total defense: 450.7 (14th)

Trends

The Scarlet Knights\u2019 record over the last five years:

2012: 9-4

2013: 6-7

2014: 8-5

2015: 4-8

2016: 2-10

Eye on Iowa

All-time series

Iowa 1, Rutgers 0

Record in the only previous game against the Hawkeyes:

2016: Iowa 14, Rutgers 7

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Quad-Cities 10, Wisconsin 3: Daz Cameron had three hits and two RBIs, and Patrick Sandoval allowed just four hits over six innings as the Quad-Cities River Bandits beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Friday at Fox Cities Stadium.

Sandoval (2-2) picked up the win, striking out eight in the process.

Quad-Cities took a quick lead in the first when Chuckie Robinson hit a two-run home run, followed by an RBI single by Josh Rojas.

The Timber Rattlers answered back in the third inning when Demi Orimoloye and Jonathan Oquendo scored on an error and Mitch Ghelfi hit an RBI double.

The Bandits committed three errors in the game but their offense powered them the rest of the way, adding two runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Peoria 2, Clinton 1: Clinton struggled all night against Peoria starter Anthony Shew, who struck out 11 to lead the Chiefs over the LumberKings Friday at Dozer Park.

Peoria took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a throwing error by catcher Nick Thurman, allowing Dylan Carlson to score.

Clinton tied the game 1-1 in the seventh after Gareth Morgan hit a solo home run, his 14th of the season.

Peoria answered in the bottom of the inning when Dylan Carlson hit an RBI double, driving in Juan Yepez.

Wyat Mills (0-1) took the loss for Clinton, pitching one inning in relief.

\u2014 Staff report

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Football

Columbus 27, Winfield-Mt. Union 13

Columbus;0;7;7;13;--;27

Winfield;0;7;0;6;--;13

Scoring plays

Second quarter

Win \u2013 Daunte Oepping 33 pass from Christian Gerot, 8:12

Col \u2013 Abel Mena 2 run, 0:55

Third quarter

Col \u2013 Thomas Pretz 17 pass from Mena, 7:47

Fourth quarter

Col \u2013 Mena 88 run, 9:26

Win \u2013 Juanito Piper 80 kick return, 9:11

Col \u2013 Mena 94 run, 4:17

Team statistics

Col;Win

Rushes-yards;33-337; 30-66

Passing yards;41;93

Comp-Att-Int;2-2;6-16-1

Punts avg; 3-32.3; 5-43.8

Fumbles-lost;3-2;1-0

Penalties-yards;6-46;3-3-

Individual statistics

Rushing

Columbus \u2013 Nicklas Hernandez 13-58, Chance Colby 5-19, Jamie Villegas 6-36, Abel Mena 13-224

Winfield \u2013 Graham Hagge 10-15, Juanito Piper 18-41, John Day 3-16, Christian Gerot 1-4

Passing

Columbus \u2013 Mena \u2013 2-2-0, 41 yards.

Winfield \u2013 Gerot \u2013 6-16-1, 93 yards

Receiving

Columbus \u2013 Pretz 2-41

Winfield \u2013 Kaleb Hagge 2-29, John Day 1-11, Daunte Oepping 1-33, Jacob Ford 2-20

Boys golf

Davenport North 347, Western Dubuque 356, Clinton 359, Davenport Central 403

at Valley Oaks, Clinton, Iowa

Medalist -- C.J. Fisher, North, 79\u00a0

North -- Fisher, Nick Stroschein 84, Bryan Verdon 85, Nate Williams 99

Western Dubuque -- Jax Stelzer 85, Tate Herbst 86, Drew Daly 92, Wyatt Skrtich 93

Clinton -- Jared Simpson 80, Ty Koehler 92, Zach Bohle 93, Andrew Brisch 94

Central -- Alex McLeland 81, Zach McGhee 98, Brady Kakert 103, Grayson Reyhons 121

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GENESEO, Ill.\u00a0\u2014 In a program with such rich tradition, it's rare to see anything change in Geneseo football.

The Maple Leafs haven't tinkered too much with what's worked, a run-first offense, strong defense and a winning record every year since 1963.

\"I think we worry about the little things and when you take care of the little things, big things happen and that comes from Coach (Bob) Reade,\" head coach Larry Johnsen, Jr., said. \"It comes from what I would call the founding father and it's been passed on.\"

There will be one big difference when Geneseo plays on its home field this season. Bob Reade Field has undergone some improvements.

The stadium, which is named after Geneseo's three-time state-title winning coach from 1962-1978, has had artificial turf installed and more space for fans in the bleachers, among other renovations.

Construction isn't expected to be finished before the Maple Leafs' season opener against Lincoln Park, so Geneseo's first game of the season will be at Augustana College's Lindberg Stadium.

No matter where they play, the Maple Leafs are focusing on being ready to go when the season kicks off.

\"Our (camp) has been long, hard, but needed,\" senior running back Drew Rapps said. \"I can just tell throughout the entire week, getting up early, working out, we're stronger, more of a team.\"

The Maple Leafs lost several key players from a 6-4 season, including three-year starting lineman Sam Thomas. Johnsen pointed to senior Shane Holmstrom as someone who could take on a big leadership role in the trenches, but admitted there's still a lot of work to be done to shore up the team's depth chart.

\"We have to have some guys definitely step up both offensively and defensively,\" Johnsen said. \"We're pretty green coming into this year, some inexperience, but I think the kids have responded well. It's a group that you can tell put some time in the summer, got their bodies better and you can see it paying off right now.\"

As is usually the case, Geneseo's offense expects to start with the run. Rapps saw playing time last year as a junior and will take on a bigger role in his senior year along with senior Ryver Griffin and junior Zach Olson.

There are several other players whom the Maple Leafs will count on, and Johnsen pointed to other people, including quarterback Kyle Toone, as players who could be poised for strong seasons.

\"We're starting to play together pretty well,\" Olson said. \"I think we have quite a few guys that can play two-back or fullback. We have a few guys that can block really well or run really well. We all have our different strengths but I feel like we'll be pretty strong.\"

For Geneseo to continue to be successful, it knows its defense has to be ready from the start. In their six wins, the Maple Leafs allowed 15.7 points per game but in the four losses, the defense allowed 39.0 points per game, including 35 in a first-round playoff loss to Triad.

\"I think the key is first quarter, first drive, to stop them there,\" Rapps said. \"I felt the problem was we'd give them a little early in the game and then slowly but surely they'd keep racking up points until it was unattainable to come back.\"

Geneseo's schedule certainly does it no favors, with six games against teams that qualified for the playoffs last year. Included in that list is a game against defending Western Big Six champion Quincy, Geneseo's first against a Western Big Six school since beating Moline in 2009.

\"I think there's for sure six, possibly seven (on our schedule) that are going to be playoff teams in the state of Illinois,\" Johnsen said. \"I have no question that this schedule will be really challenging, really tough ... if we can get in (the playoffs), we'll be prepared as long as we're healthy.\"

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After initially splitting time behind the plate this season, Chuckie Robinson has made the most of his every-day opportunity.

The Quad-Cities catcher was rewarded Friday for his work, selected by Midwest League managers to the league\u2019s 14-player postseason all-star team.

\u201cHe\u2019s the definition of hard work, very deserving,\u2019\u2019 River Bandits manager Russ Steinhorn said prior to Friday's game at Wisconsin. \u201cChuckie earned this with the work he has put into his game.\u2019\u2019

For the 22-year old from Danville, Illinois, the results can be found at and behind the plate and even on the basepaths.

The first Quad-Cities catcher since Joe Mauer in 2002 to make the postseason all-star team, Robinson is currently hitting .290 through 93 games with the River Bandits.

He leads the team with 32 multi-hit games, 28 doubles and 65 runs batted in as well as being third on the team with 12 home runs.

Robinson reached base in 32 consecutive games between June 21 and August 1, the third-longest on-base streak in the league this season, and shares the league lead for the longest road hitting streak of the season with a 22-game effort.

A 21st-round pick of the Astros in 2016 out of Southern Mississippi, Robinson has also been successful in each of his six stolen base attempts.

Defensively, he ranks second in the league in throwing out 45.6 percent of opposing runners attempting to steal, catching 31 of the 68 who have tried to run on him.

\u201cHe came into this season as a guy with a lot of tools, showing signs of being really good, but there were things to work on,\u2019\u2019 Steinhorn said.

\u201cHis swing was a little unorthodox, his arm action need some work and he\u2019s put that work in. He\u2019s cleaned it all up and I think what we\u2019re starting to see is a guy who is capable of some big-time things.\u2019\u2019

Robinson was one of two position players from the Western Division named to the team, joining outfielder Marcus Wilson of Kane County.

Three of the five pitchers selected play in the Western Division, Cedar Rapids\u2019 Clark Beeker and Kane County\u2019s Sam McWilliams shared the right-handed starting pitcher's spot on the team while Tommy Eveld of Kane County was the right-handed reliever selected.

Lansing shortstop Bo Bichette, the son of former major leaguer Dante Bichette and a .384 hitter in 70 games before being promote, was named by the managers as both the Midwest League most valuable player and prospect of the year.

Mike Raelo, who has guided West Michigan to an 81-38 record, was selected by his peers as the manager of the year.

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