OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Tall and talented.
Again this fall there a some talented high school quarterbacks in Iowa, including a fair share from Siouxland.
And along with tall, Friday night we saw first hand probably the tallest (and talented, too) in Oskaloosa High's Cole Henry, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound lefthander who is destined to lead his team into the 3A playoffs.
Of course, we are not forgetting Sergeant Bluff-Luton's 6-7 Daniel Wright, who is likely the tallest signal-caller in Siouxland.
Osky's only loss is to Pella Christian, but it has also beaten Pella High, coached by MOC graduate Jay McKinstrey.
McKinstrey, recently, was named one of the 50 best coaches in Iowa prep history by the Des Moines Register.
Bishop Heelan's Roger Jansen, was also included in that elite cadre.
Osky's Henry is also regarded as a Division I basketball recruit and will team this ucoming season in basketball with five-star recruit Xavier Foster, a 6-11 junior.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton felt the ire of Henry and Foster in last year's Class 3A state basketball tournament when the Warriors fell 63-47 in the first round.
Foster had 18 points and Henry 11 in that game.
- Dubuque University football coach Stan Zweifel brought his team a bit closer to his old coaching stomping grounds Saturday when the Spartans played at Buena Vista in an American Rivers Conference (formerly Iowa Conference) clash.
Dubuque, chasing Central for the first ARC crown, was 3-1 going into the contest.
Zweifel, you might remember, was the last coach at old Yankton College before it closed its doors soon after the 1984 season ended.
Zweifel's two Greyhound teams were 10-8-2.
Yankton was an NAIA powerhouse in the 1960s and 70s. From 1964 to 1968, the school was 8-1, 7-1-1, 7-2, 8-1 and 9-0.
The school also produced future NFL star Lyle Alzado and Woodbury Central High School grad Dean Wink, who played parts of three seasons in 1966-67-68 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 6-4, 260-pound Wink later served in the South Dakota House of Representatives.
The late Alzado's final season at Yankton was 1970.
- Reading tons of column inches on Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy and all the while wondering. Where's the latest of Cyclone bacon-savers from?
Well, case you haven't heard.
He's a true freshman out of Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona.
As a senior at Perry he led his team to Arizona's Class 6A (big school) state title passing for a whopping 4,415 yards and 57 touchdowns. Yes, 57 TDs in a 12-2 season.
The Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year was recruited, by, among others, Alabama.
Maybe ISU would have liked to redshirt this guy, but maybe he might have been the man from the git-go in August to take the Cyclone helm, much like Adrian Martinez has at Nebraska.
- Somewhere along the NAIA postseason line expect either Morningside or Northwestern to be paired with Bethel (Tenn.) or Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Unbeatens Bethel and Lindsey Wilson collide Oct. 27.
Bethel, one of the largest schools playing NAIA football with an enrollment of 4,579, was ranked second (ComPughterRatings) and ninth (coaches poll) nationally going into Saturday.
The school is located in McKenzie, Tennessee.
Lindsey Wilson and Reinhardt (Ga.) were tied for fourth in the latest NAIA coaches poll. Curiously, Bethel, ranked ninth by the coaches, has already beaten fourth-ranked Reinhardt.
Another potential GPAC foe in either the first round or quarterfinals might be No. 7 Evangel (Mo.), which has beaten No.9 Grand View, No. 12 Benedictine (Kan.) and William Penn.
- In any other year, a major Florida college showdown would involve Florida, Florida State or Miami.
Not so much this season.
A season-ending finale matching unbeatens Central Florida and South Florida is looming on the horizon.
Central Florida claimed what it called a national championship last season with Scott Frost at the coaching helm, Frost is now at Nebraska and Heisman Trophy winner Josh Heupel guides UCF.
South Florida's program was founded in 1997 by former Morningside assistant Jim Leavitt, who is now the defensive coordinator at Oregon.