New Hampton football

New Hampton will regain quarterback Conner Rochford, who missed nearly the entire 2019 campaign after tearing ligaments in his hand during the first game last year, for the 2020 season.
Although the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) just released high school football schedules for every team across the state on Thursday, New Hampton football coach Scott Frerichs isn’t too concerned about it. “My approach is to make the best of our schedule. There is nothing we can do...
Scott Frerichs didn’t pull any punches; the veteran New Hampton football coach isn’t happy with the Iowa High School Athletic Association. “As football coaches in the state, we wanted to go back to a 32-team playoff,” he said. “It’s closer to what they do in other sports, it gives teams more to...
New Hampton center Austin Hemann helps open a hole for one of his teammates during Friday night’s season finale at Hampton-Dumont.
Country music singer Scott McCreery’s song “Five More Minutes” — or at least one verse of it may sum up the feelings New Hampton’s six seniors felt as they left the football field for one final time Friday night. At 18 turned my helmet in and walked to the 50-yard line Just the coach and me after...
New Hampton’s Drake Wemark somehow comes down with the ball to convert a key third-down play on the Chickasaws’ first touchdown drive during Friday night’s game against Clear Lake.
The loss still stung two days later, yet, the pride New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs had in his team hadn’t wavered one tiny bit. Friday’s game between the Chickasaws and Clear Lake had to be one of quietest “district championship” tilts in football history, for almost everyone — with 30-some...
New Hampton quarterback Mason Lane follows his line into the end zone as he scored what proved to be the winning touchdown in the Chickasaws’ Class 2A, District 3 victory.
Turnovers can win and lose fooball games, and fortunately for New Hampton, they were able to take advantage of multiple Crestwood fumbles throughout the evening to defeat the Cadets in a tight battle 13-7. “The mindset that we had coming into the game was we were all mentally ready for battle,”...
New Hampton fullback Ryan Pickar breaks through a hole to score a second quarter touchdown during Friday’s game against Iowa Falls-Alden.
If Friday night’s football game between New Hampton and Iowa Falls-Alden had a ledger, the Chickasaws would have plenty of marks on both sides. On the plus side, New Hampton’s passing game shined and the Chickasaws, despite digging themselves 12-0 and 33-16 holes, kept responding and battling. On...
Carson Babcock makes the initial stop as Ryan Pickar (40) and Jacob Burgart (76) close in during Friday’s game against Forest City.
The New Hampton football coaches dangled pizza in front of their players Friday night, and they literally ran to get their slices. “They told us if we ran for 250 yards on Forest City’s defense, they’d have a pizza party for the team,” senior center Austin Hemann said and then added with a laugh, “...
New Hampton tight end Drake Wemark brushes aside Waverly-Shell Rock’s Donovan Wessel to pick up extra yards after making a catch in the first half of Friday’s homecoming game.
The lesson from Friday’s New Hampton football game Friday was simple: Heart beats size. Yes, New Hampton was outweighed by 30 to 40 pounds at virtually every position, and yes, the usually reliable Chickasaw running game sputtered, but New Hampton found a way by playing tough, physical football in...
New Hampton coach Scott Frerichs congratulates his players after a hard-fought win over Waverly-Shell Rock Friday night (Bob Fenske/Tribune)
New Hampton had plenty of reason to celebrate Friday night as the Chickasaws not only celebrated homecoming but came away with a 13-6 win over Waverly-Shell Rock. The Class 2A Chickasaws took an early 7-0 lead on a Mason Lane to Drake Wemark 7-yard scoring pass, and New Hampton’s defense pitched a...
New Hampton offensive lineman Jacob Reicks gets good leverage on his block during Friday’s game against Waukon.
Scott Frerichs is never going to like a loss — especially a blowout one — yet New Hampton’s veteran football coach found some positives Friday night despite the fact that the Chickasaws were on the wrong end of a 38-6 score with Waukon. “They are the No. 1 team in the state for a reason,” Frerichs...

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