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|2013 Turkey Valley
Lost to Sumner-Fredericksburg (20-33) (0-1)
Lost to South Winneshiek (6-50) (0-2)
Won @ North-Linn (44-6) (1-0) (1-2)
Won @ Starmont (14-6) (2-0) (2-2)
09/27 East Buchanan, Winthrop
10/04 @ North Butler, Greene
10/11 Wapsie Valley, Fairbank
10/18 @ Postville
Games from 9/13 on Class A District Games
All Games start @ 7 p.m.
Games in Red---Home Games
( ) record in blue = District Record
|Big Trojan Win
There are wins and then there are BIG wins and this was a BIG win!
A pair of undefeated teams in district play squared off in Starmont
Friday night (9/20/2013) and Turkey Valley proved to be a little too
strong for the Starmont Stars and came away with a 14-6 victory.
Turkey Valley took control early with a ball consuming drive on the first
possession of the game resulting in a 4 yard TD run by Luke Kuennen.
The Trojans took the opening kick-off and put together a 14 play 68
yard drive that took 6 minutes and 30 seconds. The PAT run was no
good and TV had a 6-0 lead before Starmont even had ball.
When the Stars finally got the ball, they went 3 and out. Turkey Valley
was keying on Starmont's highly regarded junior running back Jake
Butler, who came into the game as the #2 rusher in the state in Class
A, but had tough going against the Trojans swarming defense.
The Turkey Valley defense was strong all night, but especially ealry
when they limited Starmont to only 3 plays and no first downs in the
When Starmont finally did do something on offense, 2 long touchdown
plays were called back because of Starmont holding penalties.
Turkey Valley increased its lead to 14-0 with Luke Kuennen scoring his
2nd TD of the night and Jordan Denk adding the conversion on a pass
from Ryan Busta with just 2:53 left in the first half.
The score remained the same through intermission and all the way to
late in the fourth quarter when Butler took it in from the 1 with just
4:21 left to play in the game.
Turkey Valley barely moved the ball and had to punt without taking
much time off the clock and Stars had a chance.
They were driving and were inside the 30 when they lost a fumble,
recovered by Levi Klimesh inside the 2-minute mark of the game.
Turkey Valley ran out the clock for the 14-6 win, aided by an off-side
call against Starmont on 4th and inches.
Kyle Reicks with 12, Kuennen with 11, and Klimesh with 8 led the team
in tackles (other tackle leaders down the left side)
Amazingly, the game was a 54 point turn around from a year ago when
Starmont mauled the Trojans, 60-14
2012 Turkey Valley/Starmont Game
This was a BIG win because it not only gives Turkey Valley the inside
track on hosting a playoff game, but also puts the Trojans in the hunt
for the district championship.
After 2 weeks of district play Turkey Valley, Wapsie Valley, and
Postville are all 2-0 and tied for first in the district.
Next week is Homecoming
(See King and Queen Candidates Below),
always a fun time at a high school.
The Trojans host East Buchanan, who has been struggling so far this
season and are 0-2 in district play.
2012 Turkey Valley/East Buchanan Game
2012 Turkey Valley Homecoming
Many photos, stats, coaches comments and
|2013 Turkey Valley Trojans
1 Jaden Bruess FR 5-05 111
3 Blake Busta JR 5-10 173
5 Ryan Busta SR 5-11 185
10 John Gossling FR 5-02 104
11 Cody Hackman FR 5-08 170
14 Justin Hackman JR 5-08 145
20 Nick Njus FR 5-10 175
21 Wyatt Blazek FR 5-07 143
22 Eric Buchendahl SR 5-08 160
23 Riley Meirick SR 5-08 164
24 Jordan Denk SR 6-00 157
27 Seth Jenks JR 5-07 108
28 Justin Kime JR 5-07 170
32 Jacob Buss SR 6-00 169
33 Brogan Mihm JR 5-10 183
40 Luke Keunnen SR 6-04 247
42 Travis Reicks JR 5-07 159
44 Kyle Reicks SR 6-02 199
50 Riley Busta SR 5-09 167
54 Tyler Sawyer JR 5-09 187
57 Scott Kime FR 5-07 190
59 Riley Schmitt FR 5-09 145
60 Levi Klimesh JR 6-00 199
62 Jacob Hackman SR 5-11 167
64 Jacob Kuhn SO 6-01 212
66 Kelby Reicks FR 5-08 183
67 Clayton Eichenberger JR 6-00 197
72 Nathan Mueterthies FR 6-04 249
74 Joey Bruch JR 5-11 185
76 Charles Hadacek SR 5-09 179
77 Riley Buchhiet SR 6-06 209
78 Reece Barloon JR 6-00 169
80 Walker Liebold FR 5-06 115
81 Ben Wilkerson JR 6-00 204
84 Kyle Balik JR 5-10 138
88 Evan Busta FR 5-06 124
TV 6 8 0 0 14
ST 0 0 0 6 6
1Q-5:30-TV-Luke Kuennen 4 yard run (Run-NG)
2Q-2:53-TV-Luke Kuennen 5 yard run (Jordan Denk from Ryan Busta)
4Q-4:21-ST-Jake Butler 1 yard run (Run-NG)
Final-Turkey Valley 14 Starmont 6
|South Winn over Powers
Turkey Valley in Possibly
the Last Meeting
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North Butler 42 East Buchanan 8
Postville 39 North-Linn 0
Turkey Valley 14 Starmont 6
Wapsie Valley, at Edgewood-Colesburg
East Buchanan at Turkey Valley (HC)
Edgewood-Colesburg at North-Linn
Postville at Starmont
Wapsie Valley at North Butler
District Week 1
Postville 45, Edgewood-Colesburg 12
Starmont 26, North Butler 20
Turkey Valley, 44, North-Linn, 6
Wapsie Valley 70, East Buchanan 0
|Class A-District 3
Turkey Valley 2-0
Wapsie Valley 2-0
North Butler 1-1
East Buchanan 0-2
North Linn 0-2
|Trojans Roll Over North
Linn in District Opener
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10 Dylan Paris SR 5-10 180
14 Jason Lowery JR 5-09 140
22 Chris Hettinger SR 5-07 150
25 Jake Falck SR 5-07 170
26 Blake Streicher SR 5-08 160
32 Jake Butler JR 6-00 150
35 Gabe Hamlett SR 6-00 190
43 Buddy Hunt SR 6-01 160
45 Alex Knickerbocker JR 5-11 140
46 Devin Baumgartner JR 5-11 205
49 Alex Duff JR 6-00 150
50 Adam Fliehler JR 5-09 190
53 Jett Kuhens SR 5-07 150
54 Zach Steger JR 6-00 170
59 Matt Cook SR 5-11 190
63 Jon Lona SR 5-09 250
66 Karl Klocke JR 5-08 170
67 Ryan Burington JR 5-08 165
70 Spencer Pech JR 6-03 230
80 Dan Franzen SR 6-02 170
|The 8-Player Game
There are currently 3 Upper Iowa
Conference schools playing 8-player
football: Central Elkader, Kee, and West
Central. Valley did last season (2012)
before merging with North Fayette. Other
notable area schools playing the 8-player
game are: Tripoli, Riceville, Dunkerton,
Clarksville, and Janesville.
The cut-off enrollment for your upper 3
grades is 115. Turkey Valley's number for
2013/14 is 104. There is only 1 other Class
A football team smaller this season; Waco
of Olds with 100.
Teams playing 8-man this season larger
than Turkey Valley include: Central
Elkader (105), Dunkerton (108), and Don
Bosco (118). Kee (99) and Tripoli (101) are
very close in size and may be even bigger
than Turkey Valley by the 2014 football
The most notable difference of the
8-player compared to the 11-player game
is of course you play with 3 less players
on each side, but another easily
noticeable difference is the dimension of
the field. The 11-player field is played on
300 by 160 foot field, while the 8-player is
played on a 240 by 120 foot field. Which is
48,000 sq feet compared to 28,800 sq feet.
The goal posts are the same and both
end zones are the same 10 yard length.
According to people that have watched
the 8-player game a lot, the game is much
more wide open, much like arena football.
Some team's emphasis is on the passing
game and others run more. It is a fun
game to watch and a great opportunity for
schools with smaller enrollments to
continue with football and compete with
schools their own size.
|2013 Turkey Valley Homecoming Court
King Candidates (standing left to right)
Eric Buckendahl son of Ryan Buckendahl and Alyssa Nelson
Jacob Buss son of Gordon and Carmen Buss
Riley Busta son of Don (DJ) and Kim Busta
Queen Candidates (sitting left to right)
Noelle Berst daughter of Todd and Carla Berst
Allison Kuennen daughter of Gary and Janel Kuennen
Tierney Lensing daughter of Pat and Kim Lensing
King coronation will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Crowning of the Queen will take place on Friday, September 27 during
halftime of the football game vs. East Buchanan.
50+ years of Turkey Valley Queens and Kings
|Luke Kuennen (#40)
scored both of Turkey Valley's
touchdowns. The play above was the first
one that capped a 14 play drive that
consumed 6 and a half minutes at the
start of the game.
|Luke Kuennen hits the quarterback as he releases a pass and
Riley Bucheit (#77) "skys" to try and bat the pass down in the 3rd
quarter when Starmont was trying to get back in the game
|Turkey Valley Stat Leaders
Luke Keunnen 20-104 - 2TDs
Riley Meirick 11-35
Justin Kime 4-11
Ryan Busta 3-4-68
Riley Meirick 1-13
Kyle Reicks 1-11
Eric Buckendahl 1-44
Jordan Denk a catch for 2-point
Kyle Reicks 12
Luke Kuennen 11
Levi Klimesh 8
Tyler Sawyer 6
Justin Kime 6
Riley Meirick 4
Charles Hadacek 4
Riley Bucheit 3
Eric Buchendahl 3
Riley Busta 3
Blake Busta 2
Levi Klimesh 1
|Starmont was driving late in the game to
try and tie the game when the drive was
ended when Levi Klimesh recovered a
fumble inside the 30.
See Video Below
|Coach Mark Scott
Offensively- "We moved the ball well at
times. Luke Kuennen did a good job of
power running. Ryan Busta threw the ball
well when we threw. Riley Merick, Kyle
Reicks all had big first down catches that
helped sustain drives."
Defensively- "We played solid defense .
Late in the game Starmonts pounding the
ball did begin to wear us down. Luke
Kuennen causing a fumble late in the
game that Levi Klimesh recovered help to
seal the victory. "
Special Teams- "Eric Buckendahl did a
great job punting the ball. Luke Kuennen
handled kick off duties."
Comments- "Over all the team played well.
It was a hard fought battle that was not
decided till the last few seconds in the
game. A fourth down penalty for
defensive off sides against Starmont
allowed us to run the last minute off the
clock. We need to get in better condition
and eliminate some blown assignments
on both sides of the ball. Next week we
are at home to play a young East Buc team
for Homecoming ."
|Plain and Simple!
This game was won in the trenches
although someone did say after the game
he thought the cheerleaders were the difference.
"Drink some Water"
|There wasn't a "Star" shining as Turkey
Valley built a 14-0 half-time lead
won the toss and elected to receive, which may have been the play of
the game, as the Trojans marched down the field on a 14 play 68 yard
drive that took 6 and a half minutes and set the tone for the game.
Starmont only ran 3 plays in the first quarter
at 6-4, 247 is never easy to bring down
when carrying the football
|Couple of Blocks on Turkey Valley's First TD
# 50 Riley Busta and #76 Charles Hadacek
Hadacek received an award for having his name butchered the most
different ways during the game by the PA announcer
Other than that,
The PA guy was one of the best we have ever heard on the road, but
not near as good as our guy, of course!
|It took 2 of them
to keep #50 out of the play
|Almost always the least heralded group of any football team is the
offensive line...Turkey Valley has a good one with
#77 Riley Bucheit, #76 Charles Hadacek,
#50 Riley Busta, #54 Tyler Sawyer,
and #62 Jacob Hackman
|The Defense Never Rested
and was swarming all night!
|But sometimes that wasn't enough
|The #3 ranked team in Class 1A, The
South Winneshiek Warriors defeated
Denver 46-32 to remain undefeated at 4-0