Nodaway Valley in midst of big step forward under new regime

(Greenfield) Nodaway Valley looks to snap a two-game skid when they host a .500 AHSTW squad in Week 7. The Wolverines have made major strides from least year’s winless season as they stand at 3-4 overall.

The Wolverines are on the heels of back-to-back losses against SW Valley and Riverside. First year coach Flynn Heald admits it’s hard to know what to expect on any given Friday night.

“It’s tough. If the Nodaway Valley team that beat Central Decatur and Clarke shows up on Friday night that team can put up points and compete until the last whistle with anybody. If we are doing silly things out on the field and making mistakes we are going to struggle with anybody.”

Nonetheless he’s seeing progress from this squad in their skill development. He wants the team to stay hungry to get better.

“If you go into anything with the mentality that you’re just going to do the work you need to do to get by and that’s it then you’re not going to achieve and feel the gratification of what you are doing. You have to do extra. You have to be proactive in your development. You have to be passionate in what you are doing or else you might as well not do it.”

Nodaway Valley’s ability to run the football was one of the bright spots of their Week 6 loss. Tony Ayase carried 19 times for 101 yards and also caught a 54 yard touchdown on a screen pass.