Head Coach: Tom Casey,40th year, 221-116
District: Class A, District 2 (5-0, first place)
Final Associated Press Ranking: Unranked
Final RPI Rating: No. 13
Playoff Appearances: 9 (Class 2A: 2008, 2009; Class 1A: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017; Class A: 2019)
Overall Playoff Record: 10-8
Points Per Game: 22.7 (204)
Points Allowed Per Game: 18.0 (162)
Total Offense: 2,363 yards, 262.6 p/g (214.0 rushing, 48.6 passing)
Total Rushing Yards: 1,926
Total Passing Yards: 437
Rushing Touchdowns: 23
Passing Touchdowns: 4
Leading Rushers: Kyler Rasmussen, 174-827, 13 TDs; Amos Rasmussen, 118-717, 8 TDs; Colten Brandt, 32-268, 2 TDs
Leading Passer: Nolan Ramsey, 26-49, 430 yards, 4 TDs, 3 interceptions
Leading Receivers: Parker Behrens, 11-200, 1 TD; Amos Rasmussen, 6-101, 1 TD; Brandt, 4-70; Luke Ramsey, 2-41, 2 TDs
Scoring Leaders: Amos Rasmussen, 86 points; Kyler Rasmussen, 78 points; Behrens, 16 points
Tackle Leaders: Kyler Rasmussen, 41 UA, 56 A; Brandt, 38 UA, 54 A; Mitchell Kerkhoff, 23 UA, 64 A; Brody Swearington, 16, UA, 62 A; Amos Rasmussen, 24, UA, 12 A
PAT Kicker: Amos Rasmussen, 23-27
Field Goal Kicker: Amos Rasmussen, 1-2 (long of 31)
Britt, West Hancock
Head Coach: Bob Sanger, 51st year, 354-160
District: Class A, District 3 (5-0, first place)
Overall Record: 9-0
Final Associated Press Ranking: No. 1
Final RPI Rating: No. 1
Playoff Appearances: 30 (Britt, 1973, 1st 2A; 1984, 1985, 1986, 2nd 1A; 1987, 2nd 1A; 1988; Britt, West Hancock, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2nd 2A; 1994, 1995, 1996, 1st 1A; 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2nd A; 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Overall Playoff Record: 43-27
Points Per Game: 52.0 (467)
Points Allowed Per Game: 11.0 (99)
Total Offense: 4,208 yards, 467.6 p/g (417.4 rushing, 50.1 passing)
Total Rushing Yards: 3,757
Total Passing Yards: 451
Rushing Touchdowns: 55
Passing Touchdowns: 8
Leading Rushers: Tate Hagen, 189-1,549, 23 TDs; Cole Kelly, 86-914, 16 TDs; Josef Smith, 90-803, 10 TDs
Passing Leader: Brayden Leerar, 19-27, 425 yards, 8 TDs, 1 interception
Leading Receivers: Smith, 10-193, 5 TDs; Tanner Hagen, 8-153, 2 TDs
Scoring Leaders: Tate Hagen, 170 points; Smith, 106 points; Kelly, 100 points
Tackle Leaders: Matthew Francis, 27, UA, 37 A; Tate Hagen, 25 UA, 30 A; Chase Kroneman, 19 UA, 25 A; Justin Ausborn, 20 UA, 21 A
PAT Kicker: Brody Cox, 11-22; Ben Martinez, 19-21
Field Goal Kicker: None attempted
Two District champions will hook up in the first round of the Class A Playoffs on Friday night when IKM-Manning travels to Britt to take on Britt, West Hancock in a 7 p.m. affair.
Champions in District 2 with a perfect 5-0 record, IKM-Manning will enter Friday’s postseason game riding a six-game winning streak and 6-3 overall.
The Wolves lost three games in a row to open the season before starting its current win streak with a victory over East Sac County in their final non-district game.
After being outscored 105-21 in its initial three non-district games, IKM-Manning allowed a total of only 57 points over the final six games.
IKM-Manning last qualified for the playoffs in 2017 in Class 1A, where it spent the last nine seasons. Before that, the Wolves were in Class 2A in 2008 and 2009, qualifying for postseason play in both of those years and advancing to the state semifinals before bowing out.
Britt, West Hanock will enter Friday’s postseason game unbeaten at 9-0 and as the top-ranked team in Class A.
Britt, West Hancock is making its sixth straight postseason appearance.
The Eagles went 5-0 in winning District 3, outscoring their five district foes 337-35, including posting shutouts of West Fork and Graettinger-Terril/R-A.
Britt, West Hancock averages 52 points per game and never scored less than 41 points in any of its nine games.
The Eagles’ total of 4,208 offensive yards is second in Class A and fifth overall in the entire state. The team’s 3,757 rushing yards sit second in Class A and the state, while its 55 rushing TDs are good for second in Class A and tied for fourth in the state.
Friday’s game also features two veteran coaches, IKM-Manning’s Tom Casey and Britt, West Hancock’s Bob Sanger, both of whom are in the Iowa Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
The winner of Friday’s game will take on either 10th-ranked South O’Brien (8-1, No. 9 RPI) or Tri-Center (6-3, No. 15 RPI) in the second round of the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, at the site of the highest RPI seed.
Comments from Casey:
We knew we would have a challenging start to the season with our tough non-district schedule. We were hoping to come out of it better than 1-3, but it definitely made us a better team in the end.
I guess you could see the change start to take place in the second half of our game against South Central Calhoun in our third non-district game. The guys really played well after halftime and I think our confidence just grew after that.
Once we started district play, we just continued to get better and better each week. Our mentality was to take it one game at a time and the kids have done a great job of that, because if you don’t, there’s going to be a game that can slip away from you.
A lot of kids have stepped up. Our offensive line play got much more consistent and that helped our running game, which is very important part of our success.
Switching Kyler Rasmussen from quarterback to fullback has been a big plus for as well. He has done a great job of learning the position and understands what needs to be done there.
West Hancock is a Wing-T team. They really run the ball and have a big and physical offensive line with experience.
They’re big and physical, so we’re just going to have to be sure that we take care of our defensive responsibilities and match their energy and intensity.
We’ve played some physical teams this year, so I don’t think the kids will be bothered by that. We just have to go up there and play four full quarters instead of two and get the job done.
The kids have been real coachable. They’ve listened to what we want them to do and they’ve gone out and performed to the level we expect them to.
Schedules and Results
Aug. 30 – vs. Adair-Casey/GC, L 32-21
Sept. 6 – at Underwood, L 42-0
Sept. 13 – at South Central Calhoun, L 31-0
Sept. 20 – vs. East Sac County, W 17-7
Sept. 27 – vs. Fort Dodge St. Edmond, W 34-7
Oct. 4 – at Manson-Northwest Webster, W 35-16
Oct. 11 – vs. Alta-Aurelia, W 21-7
Oct. 18 – at Sioux Central, W 35-12
Oct. 25 – vs. Ridge View, W 41-8
Britt, West Hancock
Aug. 30 – at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, W 48-26
Sept. 6 – at Emmetsburg, W 41-13
Sept. 13 – vs. Osage, W 56-18
Sept. 20 – vs. Forest City, W 42-7
Sept. 27 – at Algona Bishop Garrigan, W 54-20
Oct. 4 – at North Union, W 62-8
Oct. 11 – vs. West Fork, W 62-0
Oct. 18 – at Graettinger-Terril/R-A, W 47-0
Oct. 25 – vs. Belmond-Klemme, W 55-7