Iola Mustangs
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Class 3A District 2

Pioneer League

School Colors: Blue and Gold

Head Coach: David Daugharthy (11-23, 5th season)

Assistant coaches: Dana Daugharthy, Ben Wiehn Mike Wilhelm

COACH DAUGHARTHY SAYS:

“Our expectation is to win the league and win the district.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 3-4 (No Playoffs)
  • 2019: 2-7 (No Playoffs)
  • 2018: 3-6 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 3-6 (No Playoffs)
  • 2016: 4-6 (First Round)

2020 REVIEW

The Mustangs started off the season fairly strong. They won their season opener in a shutout victory, then fell to Parsons in a one-score game but bounced back to beat Wellsville for the first time since 2013. “We were heading into regionals on a pretty high note,” Daugharthy says. However, the middle of the season was troublesome for Iola. Back-to-back games were canceled due to COVID, causing a long gap in play. “It was a challenge not only because of the discontinuity but because our kids lost football games.” The Mustangs managed to close out the season with a win over Baxter Springs, finishing their short season with a 3-4 record.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB Trent Jones (Sr) 5’8”, 175 lb – All Pioneer League, 550 rush yards, 4 TD, 96 rec yards

OL/LB Tyler Boeken (Sr) 6’1”, 200 lb – All Pioneer League, All State HM OL, 62 tackles

OL/DL Dominic McGee (Sr) 5’10”, 205 lb

OL/DL Cooper Riley (Sr) 6’2”, 200 lb

WR Karson Sigg (Sr) 5’10”, 150 lb – 121 rec yards, 1 TD

WR/RB Jarrett Herrmann (Jr) 5’10”, 165 lb – 40 rec yards, 1 TD, 61 rush yards

LB Sam Fager (Sr) 5’10”, 160 lb – 13 tackles

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL Danny Boeken (So) 6’0”, 230 lb

WR/C Brett Willis (Sr) 5’9”, 160 lb

WR/S TJ Taylor (Sr) 5’7”, 135 lb

QB Carter Hutton (Jr) 5’9”, 155 lb

WR/LB Jake Skahan (Jr) 5’10”, 175 lb

QB Landon Weide (So) 5’9”, 145 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

LB Adam Atwell (Sr) 5’10”, 205 lb

SCHEDULE:

9/3 vs. Osawatomie

9/10 @ Parsons

9/17 vs. Wellsville

9/24 @ Frontenac

10/1 vs. Anderson County

10/8 vs. Prairie View

10/15 @ Girard

10/22 @ Burlington

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Seniors Tyler Boeken, TJ Taylor and Adam Atwell will lead the Mustangs through the 2021 season. “Boeken is a mean son of a gun and a hard worker,” Daugharthy says. “Taylor knows how to make the most of himself and he’s a great person to look up to. Atwell is a fighter that is always willing to go the extra mile.” Iola will showcase depth and talent in the skill positions. The Mustangs’ linebackers are also expected to be a threatening group. “This is the most physical and smart LB core we’ve had since I’ve been a coach,” Daugharthy says. “Bringing Adam Atwell from Spring Hill really put it over the top.” Iola must tighten up in a few areas to be as competitive as they hope. The offensive and defensive lines are their main priority. “We switched to spread last year, and we didn’t quite click the way we needed to,” Daugharthy adds. “There are fine intricacies that we will need to improve on in order to be successful this year.”

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