By Cassie Peterson
Coming into the season rated No. 13 for Class A football was a shock for the Redhawks considering last season's success, but no one seemed to want to give them any more than that. However, over the last seven weeks they have shown that they are a more-than-capable team. The Redhawks have had five shut-outs so far this season and have only allowed eighteen points to be scored against them. Needless to say, their abilities were underestimated.
Since the second week in September, the Redhawks have been rated number one in the Des Moines Register ranking, there are a lot of new pressures, like the pressure to win.
"Since we are ranked No. 1, it is a great feeling but now more than ever everybody is gunning for us in the state," says senior Sean Denglar. "We just know we have to keep improving each game and bring our A-game every game."
Junior Nathan Jones says there is more to lose when you are rated No. 1 than when you are rated No. 13. "It makes me want to compete hard and help out my team in any shape that I can." Jones was injured a few weeks ago and returned to the field on Friday in the game against GMG.
North Tama has only two more regular season games before they move on to Sub-State on October 28th. Next up is Montezuma this Friday, whom the Redhawks beat 20-0 last season. Then, next week is North Mahaska. Though some of the guys don't think Montezuma will be much of a problem, they do believe that North Mahaska may be. This also brings up the upcoming playoffs where the Redhawks will really be put to the test.
"We just know there is an even bigger target on our backs," says junior Brendon Boerm. "We will get every opponent's best game from now on."
Caleb Edwards, a senior, says, "There is no room for error and everybody is out to beat [us]. I am always trying to get better and we can never slack off as a team."
There's no knowing what the rest of the season holds for the Redhawks so from here on out they must always put their best foot forward and take the challenge head-on.