by Lucas Bandstra
The PC Eagles football team is heading to the UNI Dome. On November 3, PC defeated Pleasantville for the second time this year, winning 44-6. The first game of the playoffs, PC beat Sigourney-Keota 53-21. They will play Iowa City Regina on November 11 at the the State Tournament in Cedar Falls. If they win, the State Football Championship game will take place on Friday, November 17.
The Eagles had an excellent end to the regular season, finishing with an 9-0 record. On October 20, PC defeated Woodward Granger for the District 5 championship, winning 31-8. Previous to that, the Eagles had won their first anticipated match against Pleasantville 31-14. “Going undefeated during the regular season was a real achievement; seeing the players grow and develop has a been a real joy,” said head coach Rich Kacmarynski.
Some of the Eagle’s team captains had some great memories looking back on the regular season. Seniors Treven Cadwell and Hayden Vroom agreed that one of their best moments was the huge win over Pleasantville. “Being on the Game of the Week at Channel 13 and bringing the hammer to Pleasantville was a great memory,” said Vroom.
Vroom also added what the team needed to continue to do well in order to succeed in the playoffs. “We have been running pretty well and running pretty crisp routes. I simply need to be able to get the ball to our playmakers,” he said.
What the team needed to work on, and the key to success, according to Vroom, was improving the passing game. “Continuing to develop a good passing attack will be important for our team moving forward,” said Cadwell.
The team has had to overcome some challenges to be successful this year. “We had to replace almost all of our skill players on offense from last year and our whole linebacking core,” said Kacmarynski.
Overcome the challenges they did, as the Eagles are heading to the UNI Dome for the first time in school history.
Relationships and team unity seemed to be important foundations for the successful team this year. “The relationships between players and coaches is huge -we love our team. The hardest team to beat is a team full of best friends,” said Vroom.
Cadwell agreed. “I love the relationships I’ve built up with all the guys on the team. It’s a family and I love every moment I spend with them trying to reach our goals,” he said.