The 2016 season for the Muscatine Riverhawks was a positive start to what team owner Kyle Bass believes is a step towards years of semi-professional football success. The team went 2-5 in their inaugural season but earned a bid into the Mid-American Eight Man Football League playoffs.
“We squeaked into the playoffs, but we were able to beat the two other teams in Iowa,” said Bass. The roster has grown to between 30 and 35 team members as they embark on a new season. The league includes teams throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
Nate Carle, the team’s vice president, plays wide receiver and defensive back for the Riverhawks and has begun helping with the organizational side. “We practice once a week at the beginning, and then as we get closer to the season, we will go to two days a week.”
The roster is made up of volunteer players who pay a team fee. They have to supply most of their own equipment. “It is a big-time investment and commitment from the players,” said Bass. “We have a great group of guys and we think we will have a really strong season.”