(Harlan) The stakes are high for Harlan's football team this Friday night. A win at ADM would cement the Cyclones spot in the playoffs for a 20th straight year. A loss to ADM Friday night would put the Cylcones on the outside looking in for the 1st time since Bill Clinton's first term as President.
An improved rushing attack has kept Harlan in the playoff race. Sophomore Nick Tarney leads the district in rushing at just over 90 yards per game. Coach Curt Bladt says the entire group is doing a better job of blocking the right people. He looks for the running game, and time of possession, to be important against ADM's potent offense.
The Tigers average over 300 passing yards per game in district play. QB Frank Weiland ranks number one in the state by far in passing yardage with 2051 yards on the year. That's over 500 yards more than anyone else in Class 3A.
Dallas Center-Grimes is the district champions with Creston/OM and Winterset locked into the 2 and 3 seeds. The winner of the Harlan and ADM matchup will round out the Class 3A District 8 playoff qualifiers. The Cylcones have a state record 33 total playoff appearances.
Harlan coach Curt Bladt interview