Written by John Kuhens on August 25, 2016



The Mt. Pleasant JV football team plays tonight at Clear Creek-Amana to open up the 2016 season.  Other area sporting events:  Keokuk Invitational cross country meet.  VOLLEYBALL:  Burlington at Keokuk, West Burlington at Winfield Mt. Union, L&M and Mediapolis at Columbus Community.


The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference has released the 2016 Football Coaches’ Poll.  Iowa Wesleyan was picked to finish in tenth place, after receiving 12 total points in the poll.  The favorite to win the conference this season was St. Scholastica, who received 81 total points and nine first place votes.

The Tigers are under the direction of first year head coach, Mike Richtman, who served as an assistant coach before taking over the program.  Richtman hopes to improve on last season’s 1-9 finish with the help of a 61 man recruiting class.  Key returners for Iowa Wesleyan are Darryl Smith and Andy Terrell, who were two of the team’s leading tacklers a year ago.  Trinton Robinson and Jeremy Gomez return as wide receivers for the Tigers on offense.  Robinson averaged 18.4 receiving yards per game, and Gomez averaged 38.4 receiving yards per game.  He also led the team in receiving touchdowns last season. Also back on offense for IW, is Larry Jackson.  Jackson is a sophomore running back and played in all 10 games for the Tigers last season. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his freshman season.

Top newcomers for Iowa Wesleyan on offense include Raul Alvarez, Trace Taylor, and Aaron Wynn.  Alvarez, a quarterback, and Wynn, an offensive lineman, both transferred in from Midland University.   Taylor joins the Tigers as an offensive lineman from Columbus Community High School in Columbus Junction, Iowa.  On the defensive side, Roger Pacheco, a linebacker, and Rayshawn Johnson, a defensive back, are both transfers.  Pacheco was previously at Monterey Peninsula Community College, and Johnson transferred from Sacramento City College.  Larry Torbert looks to add depth to the defensive line after joining the Tigers from Beuareguard High School in Opelika, Alabama.



The Mt. Pleasant Panther football team opens the 2016 season at home Friday night against Clear Creek Amana.  The two teams met last year with the Clippers winning 20-6.  CCA went on to finish 5-5 losing in the 1st round of the playoffs, MPHS ended the season 1-8 winning their last game of the season over Ft. Madison 14-13.  Returning to lead the Panther offense is Pat Canby who rushed for 675 yards and 6 touchdowns averaging 4.4 yards per carry.  Zac Ebling rushed for 164 yards.  Canby is also the leading returning receiver catching 26 balls for 422 yards.  He also ended as the leading scorer with 60 points and by the way led the defense also with 62 tackles.

The Clippers return a 1,000-yard rusher in Drake Brezina, and a good share of their offensive and defensive lines. The Clippers won five of their last six regular-season games last year after a 0-3 start. The freshmen teams will meet at 5 p.m. and the varsity tilt will follow, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will broadcast the varsity game live beginning with our pregame shows at 6:30 pm.



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North Scott, Eldridge at Assumption, Davenport
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