Rivalry between Iowa Park and Holliday back again
It isn’t Burkburnett vs. Iowa Park, but the Holliday vs. Iowa Park matchup tomorrow night has a good dose of rivalry built in, with the Eagles taking the last game five years ago by a 14-12 score.
This season, Coach Frank Johnson, a former Hawk player himself, has scheduled the Mean Green to come into town for the Holliday 2016 Homecoming’s featured event.
The Mean Green will be hoping to continue their roll in 2016 with a fifth straight non-conference win.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Holliday was on a roll themselves this season, shooting off three straight wins before losing 38-17 to Bowie last Friday night.
Bowie held a 24-17 lead in the first half, then scored 14 more in the final two periods to pick up their first win of the season after losses to Henrietta, Howe, and Aubrey.
The Eagles edged Paradise in the opener 3-0, then won over Boyd 20-14, followed by their third straight win 20-14 over Ponder.
Head Hawk Aubrey Sims said, “Just talking to people from this area ... I’m not from this area ... but that’s always been a pretty big rivalry. When you get in those kinds of games, you can really throw out records, who should win and who shouldn’t win.
“I anticipate it being a really hard-fought game,” he continued. “I think it’s neat our players get to play on grass. It seems like everyone has turf these days.
“But, being their homecoming, and they have a bye week next week, I see them throwing the kitchen sink at us and give us everything we want. For us, it doesn’t matter who we are playing against. We’ve got to play the way we play.”
Sims said his team is gaining confidence through the preseason, and obviously enjoying being 4-0 for the first time since 2004. “I love that, and it’s great. But we’ve still got to buckle down and refocus each week, because we have a tough district and a tough schedule ahead of us.
“We are not taking Holliday lightly, at all,” he continued. “We don’t care what they did last week against Bowie. They are still 3-1.
“Playing at home and at their homecoming, they have nothing to lose in this game. We are a bigger school, and should beat them. We are undefeated, and should beat them. In their eyes, they are in a no-lose situation. We’ve just got to go out and play full speed, and take care of our business.”
Holliday returns six offensive and six defensive starters from last season’s 4-7 effort (4-3 5-3A DII record) and a a bi-district finalist.
Jeff Johnston leads the Eagle offense at quarterback. Mason Veigl is the leader on defense at linebacker along with fellow linebackers Kyle Bowman and Jake Hillard. The Holliday offensive line returns starters Michael Marsh, Ross Todd, Jace Ervin, and Bubba Miller.
In other games played this past week by District 3-4A teams, Hirschi defeated Vernon 16-, Krume beat Lake Worth 65-7, Grham won over Burkburnett 68-19, and Sanger defeated Bridgeport 35-3.
This week, Bridgeport is at Decatur, Vernon at Springtown, Graham at Stephenville, and Carrollton Ranchview at Krum.