(Guthrie Center) What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time, the ACGC football team was 0-2, having scored just eight total points in their first two games. This season under second-year Head Coach Cody Matthewson, the Charges have piled up 14-rushing touchdowns through two games compared to 16-total for the entire season a year ago. And this year’s 884 total yards of offense in two games is halfway to last year’s total yards for the whole season.
ACGC Head Coach Cody Matthewson says the turnaround is a testament to all of the player’s hard work.
“We avenged a loss to IKM/Manning and Woodward Academy in week’s one and two, and putting up 72-points on the board last week are examples of how much work these guys have put in,” said Coach Matthewson. “But we know there are things we need to work on and places we need to improve, and some things we need to coach up as district play gets closer.”
The Chargers face a Nodaway Valley team that’s experiencing the same turnaround under new Head Coach Flynn Heald. The two coaches have entirely different offensive philosophies. ACGC hangs their hat on the running game, and Nodaway Valley spreads it out and throws the football.
“Nodaway Valley is a much-improved team,” said Matthewson. “Their well-coached and went from 0-9 a year ago to 2-1 this season. We’ve been on the avenged tour the last two weeks, and Nodaway Valley was an overtime win for us last season which gave us our first win. I guarantee they’re going to come out with a chip on their shoulder, so we have to be ready to play. They’re not the same team as a year and at the end of the day, neither are we.”
ACGC leads all of Class 1A in rushing yards with 878. The Chargers 884 total yards ranks sixth in all of 1A at this point. Kolby Jacobe, Gavin Cornelison and Charlie Crawford have combined for 708 of the 878-rushing yards. Cornelison and Cayden Jensen lead the team in tackles with 12.5 and 10-tackles respectively.
Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Nodaway Valley. Click on tab below to listen to Coach Matthewson’s entire interview