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Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro football preview

WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS METRO (KWWL) -- It's a new beginning at Waterloo West where longtime assistant Lonnie Moore takes over for Stan Wienke who led the Wahawks to a 3 and 6 record in his lone season.  West High is admittedly a small team physically, but it's something they plan to overcome by being speedy and doing things the right way.

"We've got a lot of speed.  We're going to try and use that speed, but we also know we've got some strength," says Coach Moore, "We put a lot of time in the weight room over the offseason.  We've got some very dedicated seniors who put in some work."

Across the river, East High head coach Antonio Mays tries to put together the pieces following an 0-9 campaign last season.  The Trojans return 4 starters on both sides of the ball, and Mays says this team did put in the offseason work and is more experienced than it was a year ago.

"I played a lot of young guys last year.  I started 5 sophomores and one freshman, the quarterback being the freshman, says Coach Mays, "I told him the only time it's good to have a freshman quarterback is the next season.  So, hopefully we have a little experience."

In Cedar Falls, NU High head coach Cody Asmus returns 9 starters on offense, 8 on defense-- and hopes that experience will help improve on a 5th place district finish from last season.

Meanwhile, there are some holes to fill on the Cedar Falls Tiger roster, most notably at signal caller where Jake Farley moves behind center taking over for Kyle Bernard who led the Tigers to the class 4A state title game and a runner-up finish.

"I'm pretty excited," says Farley, "I've been doing a lot of work with quarterback, some camps and things.  I'm just getting ready to step into that role."

Just a few years removed from a state title, the Columbus Sailors struggled in 2008 going 2 - 7 overall, while finishing 7th in district play.  Head coach Aundra Meeks returns for his 7th season at the helm and believes that having a huge number of starters returning is a big positive.

"I've got 9 guys coming back who were in the trenches, paid their dues last year, and now they want some success," says Coach Meeks, "They want to get back going in a positive direction."

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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