September 30, 2023

Dragon Blog-Z

Give the Dog a Travel

Scores, live updates, highlights for Week 1

Welcome back, Iowa high school football. Matthew Bain here.

Is it just me, or was this the longest offseason in recorded history? It feels like Ankeny’s 42-14 win over Southeast Polk in the 2020 Class 4A state title game was, oh, about three years ago. Right? 

It’s obvious why. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed down life in ways that we would have never understood until actually going through it. The pages of our calendars turned at a snail’s pace as the world adapted to the new reality of living through a pandemic. 

But we’re here now. Under Friday night lights again. Please, be smart. Be safe. That way, next season, things can feel even more normal than they are right now.

We’re particularly excited for this fall, because we’ve got a bigger staff than ever. The Ames Tribune and Burlington Hawkeye have joined the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen in the USA TODAY Network, so we now have five reporters all across the state. And soon we’ll add a sixth in Alyssa Hertel, who will take over a big chunk of the recruiting beat now that I’m the deputy sports editor.

Tonight, Cody Goodwin (@codygoodwin) is posted up at Southeast Polk as the No. 1 Rams host No. 2 Dowling Catholic in what could be a Class 5A title game preview in Week 1. Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) is over at Valley stadium where the No. 5 Tigers are hosting Waukee Northwest in the Wolves’ first-ever football game.

Up north a bit, Joe Randleman (@JoeRandleman) is covering Class 4A No. 7 Nevada as the Cubs host Boone. Out east, Dargan Southard (@Dargan_Southard) will be in Iowa City to see a clash of new head coaches as Mitch Moore’s Iowa City High Little Hawks travel to play James Harris’ Iowa City Liberty Lightning. And Joe Geren is on duty out in Burlington as the Grayhounds play host to Washington.