No. 1 Iowa Back From Rest Week, Preparation – American Press

#1 Iowa back from rest week, prep

Published Friday, November 18, 2022 at 11:00 am

After a rare week off, the top seeded Iowa Yellow Jackets return tonight and host No. 17 Abbeville in an unselected Division II regional round playoff game.

As a top-four seed, Iowa (9-1) had a bye in last week’s opening round. Head coach Tommy Johns said the team used the time to focus on themselves before scouting Abbeville (7-4) in his 36-14 win over No.16 Brusly.

“It was rare for a high school, but I think it went well and the kids did well,” Johns said of the week off. “We were able to get some things done and got a lot done, we worked on some things that we needed to fix.”

Johns said Abbeville was impressive.

“They’re big up front and physical,” he said. “They are a ground-and-pound team. They won for a reason, they were in the quarterfinals last year and they’re playing good playoff football. We will have our hands full.”

Johns said Abbeville’s defense is good.

“Your front is big and can cause problems,” he said. “They are very active and have guys with speed. They rotate guys in and out and there is no drop off. They are quick on the ball.”

Johns said the playoffs are fun, not pressure.

“It’s my favorite time of year and I think the kids like it too,” he said. “They deserve it and have worked all year and the off-season to put themselves in a good position. I hope we can continue.”

Elsewhere

The No. 25 Jennings Bulldogs (4-7) kept the career of retiring head coach Rusty Phelps going with a 28-25 away win over No. 8 Plaquemine last week. The win led to a rematch against No. 9 Leesville (9-2), who defeated Jennings 25-7 in the regular season opener.

Wampus Cats running back Xavier Ford started his monstrous season with 161 yards and two touchdowns in the game. He has rushed for 2,403 yards and 32 touchdowns, including a season-best 372 yards in defeating Pearl River last week.

The Jennings tandem of Rejohn Zeno and Jamaric McZeal have combined for more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six games after starting the season on a five-game losing streak.

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