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SIOUX CITY -- The deal here is not to “floss’’ over the gyrations of Backpack Kid since there were phaatter Big Dances involving kids shouldering a society staple during the weekend.

Talkin’ football here, as you might have guessed.

And, in particular, swivel-hipped football quarterbacks.

After games involving Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Colorado, Sioux City North, Sergeant Bluff-Luton and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley you might have established a pecking order, a popularity poll so to speak.

  • Outstanding high school and college quarterbacks abound in Siouxland in 2018, but keep this in mind.

From the 1930s and up and until the Iowa Daily Press Association and its successor, the Iowa Newspaper Association, began honoring all-state teams on offense and defense (early 1980s) and in multiple classes, just two Sioux City preps had been named first team at the quarterback position by 1985.

The hallowed fraternity of two was made up of Bishop Heelan’s Mike Courey in 1976 and East’s Greg Adams in ‘85.

Courey later started games at QB for Notre Dame and Adams, who passed for a then-East record 1,865 yards and 21 touchdowns in ’85. matriculated at South Dakota State, starting the first five games of his senior year in 1989.

  • Morningside, which played at Truman State yesterday, was ranked second in last week’s NAIA Compughter national rankings.

Defending national champ St. Francis (Ind.) was No. 1 and Southern Oregon moved up to No.3 after the previous No. 3, Reinhardt (Ga.), lost to No. 25 Bethel (Tenn.).

Northwestern was 10th, Baker (Kan.) 11th and 0-2 St. Xavier (Ill.) 12th despite losing to No. 4 Marian (Ind.) and Illinois State, the No. 19 team in FCS.

The Compughter profile ranks all 92 schools playing NAIA football and all 240 in NCAA Division III. The Hamline (Minn.) team that lost a week ago to Buena Vista is ranked No. 214 in D3.

Two Iowa schools, Iowa Wesleyan and Grinnell are 237 and 238.

The bottom three in NAIA are Texas College, Bethel (Kan.) and Texas Wesleyan. Small college football in Texas evidently ain’t what she used to be.

The Compughter power formula had Truman State 101st of 167 schools in the division.

  • Looking for a comparison?

Losing a football game by only 17 points, you could legitimately write home about that if you had been a vast underdog in the contest.

But, if you’re Sioux City North scoring 81 points while losing a game to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson by giving up 99 points, 17 takes on a disparate aura.

TeeJay could have scored 100 or 101, but declined the conversion opportunity after its final TD.

North’s 81 points were five more than the Stars scored all of last season in NINE games.

In the highest scoring prep game in state history, North quarterback Matt Hagan tossed an all-time metro Sioux City record nine TD passes.

  • Indianapolis placekicker Adam Vinatieri will turn 46 on December 28 and by that time the nephew of Sioux City businessman Ted Herbold may be the most prolific scorer in NFL history.

Vinatieri, in his 23rd pro season, needs 58 points to break Morten Anderson’s NFL record of 2,544. The South Dakota State grad, who was born in Yankton, S.D., also needs seven field goals to surpass Anderson’s record of 565.

  • The late Lou Saban didn’t mention it at the time, as I recall, but the name Nick Saban wasn’t mentioned as we discussed the pros and cons after Peru State’s 20-0 football triumph over old Westmar College in Le Mars on a picture perfect October Saturday of 1991.

Peru State was in the midst of an eventual NAIA Division II playoff run after the 12-0-1 Bobcats of 1990 had won the D2 national crown.

The “Sultan of Syonara’’ was in his only season as Peru State coach, but this team went 7-4, losing in the playoff semis to Georgetown (Ky.).

Back in Ohio, another Saban coaching vagabond, Nick, was the defensive coordinator for Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick.

The Westmar contest is mentioned because in a recent column I wrote that Lou Saban was Nick’s father. Not true, although some of shirt-tailed Saban relatives claim the two as far distant cousins.

Perhaps the most traveled coach in football history never overstayed a welcome, even as President of baseball’s New York Yankees for a short while as he was sifting through possible football positions.

Lou, who passed away in 2009 at age 87, was the head football coach at Case Western Reserve, Northwestern U., Western Illinois, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Army, Central Florida, Peru, SUNY-Canton (junior college) and Chowan in addition to top jobs with the Boston Patriots, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.

Peru State was one of the rare teams that the irascible Lou coached to winning seasons. The one-on-one on the Peru player bus was most cordial, however.

  • Saban was at Central Florida in 1983 and half of 1984 with his tenure coming just prior to Morningside losing to the Knights On Nov. 21, 1987 before a crowd of 10,112 in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.

The loss ended Morningside’s season at 4-7 and Central Florida, which survived many NCAA investigations for several years after founding an NCAA Division III program in 1979, advanced to the eight-team D2 playoffs, going 1-1 to finish 9-4.

The school, originally Florida Technological University in ‘79, moved up to Division II, Division I-AA and has been Division I-A (FBS) recently, including an unbeaten mark a year ago under Coach Scott Frost.

When it was NCAdA D3, set a then D3 single game attendance record of 14,138 in a game in the Citrus Bowl.


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