2015 has been one heck of a year, not just for Kennedy High School and their football team, but for Washington High School and Jefferson High School, too. All three local teams have had, combined, one of the best seasons in the history of the metro area.
The Kennedy Cougars have had one of the best seasons in school history. In previous years, the Cougars haven’t been a very strong team, but this year is much, much different… and their record shows it too. The Kennedy football team has proceeded to go 12-0, with a recent win over the Washington Warriors- one of their biggest rivals. This win advances the Cougars to the semifinals of the State Football Tournament in Cedar Falls at the UNI-Dome, which will take place on Friday, November 13, 2015. The Cougars are loaded with a strong senior class who genuinely leads their team. Of these seniors, Shaun Beyer and Tyler Dralle really stand out as players to watch. Interestingly enough, Beyer recently received the Metro Spotlight Award and also received two scholarships to play Division 1 football at the collegiate level, one from Nebraska and the other from Air-Force. Tyler Dralle is also another key player to Kennedy’s program, setting standards high with 315 carries for 1,830 yards and 22 touchdowns so far this season.
The Washington Warriors indeed have also had an incredible season, one that they should be very proud of. The Warriors went into the playoffs 10-1 with their only loss being to the undefeatable Kennedy Cougars. After winning the first two rounds of the playoffs, towering over Cedar Falls and then Cedar Rapids Jefferson, they were up against the Cougars, again, except this time with the reward of the State Tournament. Like I mentioned previously, the Cougars beat the Warriors in round three of the playoffs, 21-7. Two outstanding players that lead the Washington Warriors this season were Isaiah Nimmers and Tavian Patrick. Nimmers, who is Washington’s “speedster”, has 39 catches for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. Patrick, who is another one of Washington’s key weapons, has run for 1,073 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Jefferson J-Hawks were led this season by senior-quarterback, Jared Eivins, who won the Metro Spotlight Award a few weeks ago. The J-Hawks ended their season a little sooner than they’d hoped, against Cedar Rapids Washington in round two of the playoffs. Like the Warriors, Jefferson lost to the Kennedy Cougars early in their season.
All in all, these three metro teams have literally had a season to remember. They have fought through an immense amount of adversity and have showed an extreme amount of sportsmanship after playing one another. Being a spectator, I am so impressed with the way that all three teams have played and how the two teams have handled their losses. As for the Kennedy Cougars, I can’t wait to cheer them on in the Dome as they fight for their State Championship!