Muscatine will rekindle a matchup that went away when the Iowa High School Athletic Association changed to Districts for class 4A in 2014. The Muskies and Pleasant Valley will face off at 7:00 PM at Pleasant Valley High School on Wednesday October 28th.
Muscatine has to shake off the end of the regular season. Muscatine finished the season with 2 disappointing losses to Cedar Rapids Prairie and Iowa City High but the Muskies started the year 6-1, and can play with the best teams in the state, and beat the best teams in the state. Muscatine’s offense is one of the top units in the state. Junior quarterback Luke Wichers is the states 8th leading passer with 1,582 yds. with 16 touchdowns. Muscatine’s junior running back Alfonso Soko has had a enormous year, Soko is 4th in total offense in the state, Soko has combined for 20 touchdowns and is averaging 7.4 yds. per touch and has 1,243 yards of total offense on the season. Muscatine is averaging 39 pts. per game and will be tested by a Pleasant Valley defense that only gives up 14 points per game. When I spoke with Coach Jake Mueller after their game on Friday night he said that the team has to “just execute better, tackle better, execute our fundamentals.”
Muscatine’s leading tackler is Safety David Summers. He will need to be heavily involved in stopping PV’s rushing attack. PV has 3 players who have rushed for 600 yards or more. QB Terry Saul is the teams leading passer and rusher. Saul is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has 785 yards rushing on the year to go with his 491 passing. He has only attempted 81 passes in 9 games. Running back Arthur Braden has 703 yards rushing along with homerun threat CJ Carter who is averaging almost 10 yards per carry.
This is a game of contrast. Muscatine has a dynamic Spread attack. Wichers has had more completions (109) than Pleasant Valley has attempts (81) this season. Muscatine uses multiple targets on offense to keep the defense off balance. PV pounds the ball forcing a defense to play disciplined assignment sound football and requires you to tackle. This should be a tremendous playoff game, the winner will advance and play on Monday.
You can listen to the game live on The Voice of Muscatine AM 860, FM 95.1.