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Flooded field ready for game day

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After a few uncertain days for a football team whose field was underwater from flooding, they will take the field Friday night.

Elkader was hit with severe weather last week including heavy rain and thunderstorms, along with flash flooding causing the Turkey River to rise, flooding the town and the Central High school football field

Coaches and players were worried that the flooding may impact their first game of the season

Central High School will play its first home game Friday night. Thursday, the team practiced on a field that was covered by water just last week.

Members of the Central High School football team put the final touches on their field on Thursday.

"We had a pretty good crew last night, we had some athletes, we had both the head coach and an assistant coach, just spent some time trying to get the field ready, it's our first home game of the year we wanna make them look good," said Dan Yanda, Central High School principal and athletic director.

Last week, the field was covered by flood waters.

"This year we sort of dodged a bullet a little bit, the water still got on the field, covered the field at least six inches and stayed on it for several hours, but the beauty of it is there really wasn't a main current so, as you can see now the field is in great shape, in fact after my 13 years it's probably in the best shape it's been in," said Yanda.

The field is in great shape and ready for the first home game. The team's quarterback says he is relieved.

"We are all relieved that we get to play down here for our final year, especially us seniors," said Derek Ehrhardt, senior.

Players, coaches and the school principal were nervous they would lose their home field.

"I drove by and saw what the field looked like and it is almost a miracle that it's looking this good, less than a week later and we are ready to roll," said Yanda.

Players are grateful their field is ready for game day.

"I don't even know, it would be depressing, you know I've played here for three years now and this being my last year I would like to finish off here," said Ehrhardt. "I don't want to have to go somewhere else and play, it just wouldn't be the same with our fans, our home field is pretty awesome."

The game will be in Elkader Friday night at seven against Midland.

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