The schedules are out for the 2020 high school football season. Both Albia and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont are in Class 2A in different districts. Albia headed west and EBF headed east.
The Blue Demons will play Clarke, Centerville, Chariton, PCM and Saydel in their district. EBF plays Williamsburg, Central Lee, Mid-Prairie and Sigourney-Keota in their district.
The Blue Demons struggled to a 1-8 season last fall, but had one of the top Class 2A passing offenses in the state and the key components of that attack are all back. Albia’s non-district schedule includes Class 1A Mount Ayr, 7-3 last year, long-time SCC rival Davis County, 2-7 last year, Class 3A Fort Madison, 4-5 and West Burlington/Notre Dame, 1-8.
In district play the Blue Demons meet three SCC rivals in Clarke, 3-6, Centerville, 5-4 and Chariton 5-4, with former SCC rival PCM 8-3 and state champion two years ago, and Saydel (located on the north side of Des Moines) 0-9.
“Honestly I think it’s pretty good for us,” said Coach Justin Huber. “I think we’re going to be on the same playing field for the most part. In non-district play, Class 1A Mount Ayr will be a major challenge. “They just have a great program year in and year out. Huber said he thought West Burlington was rebuilding again after a 1-8 season and Davis County, who made strides a year ago going 3-6, is looking for a coach.
In district play, Huber said PCM will have horses after a state championship year two years ago and a playoff run last year. “They might be rebuilding a bit, but they’re going to be the favorite. Chariton lost virtually their entire starting line-up, including an offensive line that played together for four years. “Centerville lost some good guys, but they’re going to be decent. I don’t know a lot about Clarke,” he said. Saydel was 0-9 last year and struggles with numbers.
A lot of teams on Albia’s schedule will look at Albia’s record and think “win.” Except that all of the pieces for an explosive offense with Blake Chance at quarterback and receivers Blake Stwart, Nate Wynn and Jackson Pence are all back. Coach Huber said his coaching staff will be putting together a more balanced pass-run offense, but the ball will be in the air.
Huber is still looking to fill two coaching staff positions with the retirement of Coach Scott Farrington and Coach Darrin Hill. His returning staff includes: Nick Crall, Neal Mick, Robert Parks, Marty Hermsen, Wes Aeschliman, Matt Jones, Dalton Folkerts and Brad Beckwith.
CLASS 2A Albia 1-8
Aug. 28 — at Mount Ayr 7-3
Sept. 4 — at Davis County, Bloomfield 2-7
Sept. 11 — vs. Fort Madison 4-5
Sept. 18 — at West Burlington/Notre Dame 1-8
Sept. 25 — vs. Clarke, Osceola 3-6
Oct. 2 — at Centerville 5-4
Oct. 9 — vs. Chariton 5-4
Oct. 16 — at PCM, Monroe 8-3
Oct. 23 — vs. Saydel 0-9
The new Rocket head football coach has yet to be named. EBF was 3-6 last year and non-district opponents include 1A Pleasantville, 3-6, Chariton, 5-4, East Marshall, 1-8 and Class 1A powerhouse Sigourney-Keota, 8-1 a year ago.
In district play the Rockets meet West Burlington/Notre Dame, 1-8, Mid-Prairie Wellman, 6-3, Central Lee, 2-7, Williamsburg, 8-4 and Davis County, 3-6.
Aug. 28 — at Pleasantville 5-4
Sept. 4 — vs. Chariton 5-4
Sept. 11 — vs. East Marshall, LeGrand 1-8
Sept. 18 — at Sigourney-Keota 8-1
Sept. 25 — vs. West Burlington/Notre Dame 1-8
Oct. 2 — at Mid-Prairie, Wellman 6-3
Oct. 9 — at Central Lee, Donnellson 2-7
Oct. 16 — vs. Williamsburg 8-4
Oct. 23 — at Davis County, Bloomfield 3-6