BENTON FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2022

School: Benton Community Bobcats

Nickname: Bobcats

Colors: Royal Blue and Gold

Conference: WaMaC

Class: 3A

District: District 6

Co-Head Coach: Kal Goodchild, Jeff Zittergruen

Assistant Coaches: Garrett Albers, Ryan Junge, Josh Hoeck, Riley Pfiffner, Ryan Neuberger, Chris Chapman

Last Year’s District Record: 5-0

Last Year’s Overall Record: 8-1

Conference/District Champs: 11

Conference/ District Champ Years: 1980, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2018, 2019, 2021

Chief Rival: Vinton-Shellsburg

Number of Returning Letterman: 14

Number of Returning Starters: Offense-5 Defense-6

Top Teams in District: Mt. Vernon and DeWitt should be the favored team in the district. These teams have a lot of returning starters and were very good teams last year. Davenport Assumption has some quality returning starters with a very talented younger group. This district will be very even in talent. There are good traditional programs in this district such as Mt Vernon, Dewitt, Assumption and including the Bobcats. Vinton is returning some very talented athletes and will be a team that always presents a challenge. Maquoketa was young last year and should be a better team.

Overall Thoughts: We have a challenging schedule. We open with a traditionally talented Grinnell, Marion and CPU also have a lot of young talented athletes and are on an up swing. The competition will be very good. We have a very tough schedule. We have had a very good off season! Our athletes have worked very hard in the weight room to help make us competitive! We lost a very talented group but return some very talented athletes. We return All State lineman Brennen Blegen, 1st Team All District Will Shaw, Sam Wallace

Returning Starters

Offensively returning starters. OL-Brennen Blegen, Tim Thompson, Noah Franck. WR- Sam Wallace TE- Will Shaw

Defensive returning starters: DB- Sam Wallace, Aidan Gallery, DE-Noah Franck, Will Shaw, DT- Brennen Blegen, LB- Easton Pfiffner

Kicker: Nathan Rottman

All District

First Team- Will Shaw DE, Sam Wallace DB, Brennen Blegen DT

Second Team- Aidan Gallery DB,

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