Still, Reed was excited about the performances against Indianola and Grinnell, which posted a win over Oskaloosa the following week.
“A great effort, great attitude and TIME!” Reed said. “There’s a great quote I like to share with our kids, ‘Football goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance.’ We fell short on the scoreboard against Indianola and Grinnell, but after those performances, I left the locker room excited, not discouraged because of the way our young men were responding in such a short time to learning an entirely new way of blocking, a new defense, and a totally new offense. Each week, we have gotten better and better at each doing our 1/11th on offense and our young men do a great job of making every down and drill in practice count.”
The Indians are running their third different offensive scheme in the last three years, going with the single-wing two years ago and a slightly different system last season under former coach Mark Schilb.
This year, Oskaloosa coach Mike Sterner is incorporating a quicker style of offense with the linemen shifting to their positions.
That brought a bit of uncertainty among the linemen.
“Honestly, it was mostly uncertainty,” VerSteegh said. “We didn’t know what type of offense we were going to run, where we were going to play, or who was playing where. We knew that we had to find our identity, and I think we’re starting to figure that out.”
“We had good attitudes coming in, we had three returning O-Linemen from last season we also had Joe VerSteegh and Andy Ruiz coming, those two are also good linemen,” Kindley said. “We came into the season with the attitude that we’re going to do our jobs and be the powerhouses on the field and dominate the line of scrimmage.”