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Humboldt eyes return to 3A state playoffs

The Humboldt High School varsity/junior varsity football team for 2013. Independent photo.

After graduating 26 seniors from last year’s Class 3A District 3 championship team, it would be easy to label Humboldt’s upcoming football season as a rebuilding campaign.
But an up close look at the Wildcats indicates an interesting year is shaping up for Humboldt and veteran head coach Greg Thomas, whose team returns nine letterwinners and will be bolstered by a talented junior class.
“We have a unique situation where we graduated so many good kids and a class of 25-26 seniors. And yet we still have a lot of quality kids coming back,” said Thomas, whose team went 5-1 in district play, 7-4 overall.
“The biggest question mark coming in is in our offensive line. We graduated every starter from the offensive line. Last year we started a little bit slow but came together as the year went along. They were a big part of our success in allowing us to run the football,” Thomas said.
“We have new guys who are stepping in there. It will be one of those things for them to get a feel for each other and working together as a unit. We have some really good skill kids whom we can choose from,” Thomas said.

See complete story in the Aug. 29 issue of the Independent.

2013 WILDCAT VARSITY SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 Clarion-Goldfield
Sept. 6 at South Central Calhoun
Sept. 13 Iowa Falls-Alden
Sept. 20 Algona (homecoming)
Sept. 27 at Clear Lake
Oct. 4 Waverly-Shell Rock
Oct. 11 LeMars
Oct. 18 at Webster City
Oct. 25 at Charles City

JUNIOR VARSITY SCHEDULE
Sept. 3 at Clarion-Goldfield
Sept. 9 Forest City
Sept. 16 at Iowa Falls-Alden
Sept. 23 Fort Dodge St. Edmond
Sept. 30 Clear Lake
Oct. 7 at Waverly-Shell Rock
Oct. 14 at Carroll
Oct. 21 Webster City
Oct. 24 Charles City

FRESHMAN SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 Clarion-Goldfield
Sept. 5 at FD St. Edmond
Sept. 13 Iowa Falls-Alden
Sept. 19 at Ogden
Ssept. 27 at Clear Lake
Oct. 4 Waverly-Shell Rock
Oct. 10 at Forest City
Oct. 18 at Webster City
Oct. 25 at Charles City