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MHS Football: Breaking down the Newton Cardinals

August 23, 2014 - Andy Heintz
The high school football season is just a week away. The Bobcats will host Waterloo East in the opener on Friday at Leonard Cole Field.

As I said in my breakdown of the game a few weeks back, Waterloo East went 0-9 last year.

In Week 2, the Bobcats will meet long-time rival Newton at Leonard Cole Field. Here is a look at how the Cardinals could stack up against Marshalltown. September 5

Home versus Newton

Last Year: 4-5 in Class 3A

All-Time Series: Newton leads 47-29-6.

Last Meeting: 2009, Marshalltown won 17-0.

About the Cardinals

Newton allowed at least 28 points six times in 2013 and two of those instances ended up in wins. The Cardinals beat Knoxville 42-28 and took down ADM of Adel 45-28.

The five losses Newton sustained came by an average of nearly 23 points per game. The Cardinals did lose 19-13 in the season opener Norwalk but also got thrashed by Dallas Center-Grimes 42-0 and by Grinnell 60-35.

The other two wins came against South Tama County and Saydel.

The Cardinals are expected to return senior quarterback Tyler Wood, who threw for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns last year while also rushing for 504 and five scores. The only other player to attempt a pass in a varsity game last year was running back Deonne Harris.

Wood's favorite target was certainly Nick Easley, who caught nine of Wood’s 13 touchdown passes and gained 517 yards on 34 catches. Harris and seniorTristan Peters also got to double-digits in pass receptions.

Newton’s top running backs also return in 2014. Harris gained 603 yards and scored six times last year, while Jeff Thongvanh added nearly 400 yards and two scores and also scored twice in the passing game.

Peters (174 rush yards, 1 TD) and junior Joseph Banfield (173 rush yards, 4 TDs) also return to the Cardinal backfield. The Cardinal defense has been re-tooled. The top five tacklers from last year are gone but Jordan Travis returns after recording 34 tackles and four sacks as a junior.

The visitors will be coming off a home opener against long-time rival Knoxville.

Marshalltown and Newton last played in 2009 with the Bobcats winning 17-0. The Bobcats also won 40-34 in 2008. Newton eliminated Marshalltown and quarterback Tyler Peschong from the 2007 playoffs when it beat the Bobcats 42-28 behind a dominant rushing attack.


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