Football, fall — it’s all good

It’s all good.
I admit to being a football junkie. I’ll watch football, no matter what teams are playing. I just love the game.
I also admit to not knowing the game as well as those who have played the game. Haven’t studied the game inside and out but I do know it better than an average fan.
Tonight, Iola High’s Mustangs go to Osawatomie. They and all their fans cannot put stock in last year’s 45-8 Iola win.
These Trojans are not the same Osawatomie High Trojans. Most of the guys in red and black tonight played last year as underclassmen. The Trojan coaches revamped the offense and defense.
“They have shown two weeks in a row how resilient they are,” said Rick Horton, Mustang head coach, on the Trojans. “They’ve come from behind to win both of their games.”
Last week at Tonganoxie, the Trojans blocked a punt, recovered it around the Tonganoxie six-yard line and scored on the final play of the game to win.
The Mustangs have shown more improvement in running the football this week. Iola’s coaches have changed personnel along the offensive line trying find five guys who can win the battles at the line of scrimmage. There’s the place teams win games — the line of scrimmage.
Osawatomie has established itself as a running team, led by senior running back Jameson Greenwood. Greenwood has logged more than 200 yards on the ground each game this season.
Iola has to do the same this week. Blocking at the line has to be done well enough to give Mustang tailback Marcus Sullivan a crease to get through, or allowing Sullivan to get to the edge and turn the corner with his speed.
Defensively, the Mustangs have to be assignment sound again. Bring the pressure. The Trojan quarterback is junior Seth Jones, who started as a sophomore a year ago.
“Seth is better in managing the game. He is throwing the ball well,” said Trojan head coach Clint Bailey. “Our kids have really battled both weeks and done a good job on both sides of the football.”
So it’s all good — the Mustangs are improving and the Trojans have shown marked improvement since a year ago. That means tonight’s game between the Southeast Kansas League and the Pioneer League should be a good one at Lynn Dickey Field.
Tonight is slated to be a great “Friday Night Lights” one so get out and enjoy your favorite high school football team. Take a jacket and cheer them on.