Turkey Valley football

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...
Members of the Turkey Valley football team accept the Trojans’ state playoff semifinalist trophy after the Trojans season came to an end at the UNI-Dome.
The seniors on the Turkey Valley football team entered this past season with career records of 23-6 from their freshman through junior years. However, even with this success, they had never been able to accomplish what they wanted most —  a trip to the UNI-Dome. But 2019 was a different story, as...
Turkey Valley's Ethan Leibold was a first team all-state selection.
Most teams are fortunate to have one or two all-state football selections, but after an undefeated regular season and a trip to the state semifinals, the Turkey Valley football program had four individuals — all seniors — honored as all-state players in Eight-Man. The lone individual to be named to...
Turkey Valley seniors Seth Huinker and Elliott Dietzenbach were first team selections in Eight-Player, District 3.
In district action, Turkey Valley went an undefeated 7-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 462-117. The individual talent the Trojans possessed did not go unnoticed by the coaches in Eight-Player, District 3. A whopping 14 TV players were awarded as all-district honorees - 13 of...
The Turkey Valley coaching staff — (from left) Junior Hackman, Frank Wilson, Dan Stepan, Justin Bakula, Dalton Hackman and Mark Scott — pose for a photo before Thursday’s state playoff semifinal game.
After a regular season that saw the Turkey Valley offense average a whopping 62.9 points per game, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, Dan Stepan, was honored.  Stepan was tagged as the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Eight-Player Assistant Coach of the Year due to TV’s offensive outburst...
Turkey Valley’s Kalvin Langreck looks for a receiver in the second half.
On each of Turkey Valley’s first three possessions of the eight-player state semifinals on Thursday morning against Don Bosco, they marched the football inside the Dons’ 15-yard line.  However, they failed to score a single point on these early opportunities. “Whenever you get that far down and...
Ethan Leibold’s success at the quarterback sneak — he had four touchdowns of two or less yards Friday — had much to do with the blocking of Trojan center Gage Gruenberg, shown leading the way for one of those TDs.
Sweet revenge. That’s what No. 2 Turkey Valley got on Friday, as they defeated No. 16 Rockford in the opening round of the eight-player playoffs after falling to the Warriors in the first round in 2018 by a score of 64-58. However, this game wasn’t near as close, as the Trojans won 52-8. “We just...
After falling to Rockford in the first round of the eight-player playoffs in 2018, Turkey Valley was able to get their revenge on Friday night, as they defeated Rockford 52-8 in the opening round of the postseason. The Trojans jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two Ethan Leibold touchdown runs on...
Turkey Valley’s Luke Mueller gets in position to make an open field tackle in the Trojans’ win over Easton Valley two weeks ago.
After securing the district championship two weeks ago against Easton Valley, it would have been easy for the Turkey Valley football team to overlook their final opponent of the regular season - winless Central Elkader. However, that didn’t happen, as the Trojans dominated from the opening kickoff...
Turkey Valley’s Dylan Elsbernd brings down Easton Valley’s Cade Jargo during Friday’s district showdown in Jackson Junction.
Out with an injured knee the last two weeks, Turkey Valley quarterback Ethan Leibold was happy to be back in the line-up Friday. He scored three touchdowns on the ground and threw for another three in the Trojans’ 72-62 win over Easton Valley, which clinched the district title for the TV team....

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