Ever since Sept. 25th people that follow HS Football in North Central Iowa have been keeping an eye on the possibility of a rematch. That rematch is now a reality as South Central Calhoun will travel to take on Southeast Valley on Friday. The game is so big that it will air on two Alpha Media Fort Dodge stations, 105.9 “The Beach” which is the broadcast home of South Central Calhoun Football and on “Sunny” 99.7 which aired a special presentation of Southeast Valley’s playoff game last week. The game also will be available here on our website streaming live from both of those stations. The pregame show will begin at 6:45 PM Friday and kick off is set for 7 PM. The regular SC Calhoun broadcast team of Mark Williamson and Brian Peters will have the call of the game. Sports Director Rob Jones will be providing live updates on the Fort Dodge News-Alpha Media Facebook Page as well as serving in the studios as the Executive Producer for the simulcast. Assistant Operations Manager Curt Dehart will be assisting in the supervision of the simulcast, Brock Freeman and Dan Jones will serve as Associate Producers. Rob said of the simulcast ” This game is huge for North Central Iowa, it is special in many ways and not only has seasons on the line but a trip to the UNI Dome as well. Knowing all that and knowing that using two stations in simulcast would give us twice the signal area coverage it was an easy decision. To put this in perspective, a simulcast like this has never been done by stations in Fort Dodge. It is history in the making, while nobody else here has direct experience with this exact thing, I have been a part of this exact thing in other places. I do have some experience with it, Curt Dehart has been a huge help in the process. He and I have collaborated to figure out the logistics of the technical aspects for something like this. We have a plan in place and we believe that Dan Jones and Brock Freeman will execute that plan at a high level from a production standpoint. I also expect Mark Williamson and Brian Peters to execute the call of the game at a high level like they normally do. This simulcast is a huge deal to all of us and will be a total team effort.”
In the regular season, Southeast Valley got the win on the road over SC Calhoun 32-23. It was the 1st win in the series in school history for SE Valley since consolidation and snapped a 30 game regular season win streak for SC Calhoun. Southeast Valley was in the State Quarterfinals in 2018 their 1st trip since becoming a consolidated school. This season is their 1st undefeated regular season since becoming a consolidated school and a win would give them their 1st trip to the State Semifinals since consolidation. South Central Calhoun is making their 4th straight appearance in the State Quarterfinals. A win would give the Titans their 1st trip to the UNI Dome since 2015. These two teams are a combined 17-1 on the season and have earned their way to this point. SC Calhoun won a hard fought home game in the 2nd round over Dike-New Hartford 30-22 getting a late TD to go ahead for good. Last week, they knocked home standing South Hamilton 20-8. They trailed 8-0 at half and struggled offensively gaining just 28 total yards before the break. They would rally in the 2nd half to outscore South Hamilton 20-0 and go on to win it. While several key contributors have stepped for them, Brennan Holder’s playoff effort has been spectacular. He’s been clutch scoring the late go ahead TD in the 2nd round and scoring twice in the 2nd half last week against South Hamilton. The old cliche is “for to be a rivalry you’ve got to beat your rival” the Southeast Valley win in Sept. has upped the ante in this rivalry. The Jags have cruised in the playoffs, but did earn a hard fought win over Pocahontas Area 26-20 in the regular season finale to clinch the District Title and an undefeated regular season. Dual threat QB Kolson Kruse has made plays with his arm and his legs all season and again in the playoffs. RB Lathe Muench took over in the 2nd half last week in a 34-7 win over Denver. Muench had two rushing TD’s and 159 yards rushing (157 coming in the 2nd half). The Jags offensive line has been incredibly physical paving the way for the offense to run for over 300 yards in both of their playoff games.
Friday Night’s game will be special. It will be one the players, coaches, and fans remember and talk about. The lights of Friday Night shine much more bright this time of year, under those lights is where the stories are told. Find out, who’s story will be that of joy and who’s story will be that of heartbreak? Friday starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM, on 105.9 FM, 99.7 FM and here on our website.