Playoff aspirations still intact for ACGC

(Guthrie Center) ACGC continues to impress in the 2019 campaign. The Chargers have broken a long series of team rushing records along the way and are 5-1 on the year.

Their five wins surpasses the total number of victories they’d had in their entire three year history prior to this season. Last Friday night brought a 14-7 win over Clarinda to improve to 1-1 in the district. Outside of one scoring drive where the Chargers committed three penalties for 45 yards, they played well on defense. Coach Cody Matthewson says, “The d-line played very well. They did a good job of staying in their gaps. I think they completed one pass and our defense did a good job of stopping the run. I was pretty pleased by how well the defense played for us.”

Coach Matthewson was asked if he can recall a certain time when the belief kicked in among the players that they could go from a team that was just 1-17 in their first two seasons as ACGC to a playoff contender. He says he started to see it right about this time last year. “I think when things started coming together would have been Clarinda a year ago. We had some kids who were optimistic about what the program could be and some kids that were not quite. We went and got destroyed by Van Meter and then came out against a younger Clarinda team and finally fired on all cylinders. We ran for over 400 yards for the first time and ever since then the kids really bought in.”

In Week 7 ACGC opposes 0-6 West Central Valley. The Wildcats, who are in the midst of a mid-season coaching change, have been outscored on average 57.8-2.

ACGC is in a crowded heap of Class 1A District 8 hopefuls. Van Meter and Panorama are both undefeated overall and play each other this week. Mount Ayr and ACGC are each 5-1. ACGC plays Panorama next week and Mount Ayr in Week 9. The top four teams in the district are all in the top ten of the RPI.