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July 13, 2014

2014 Pleasant Valley Team Preview

FREE!  The excitement level is getting higher and higher for the 2014 football season. Iowa Preps continues our team previews and takes an in-depth look at Pleasant Valley in this article. See who they have returning and what our thoughts are on the team now!

Head coach: Rusty VanWetzinga
Class: 4A
District/Conference: 7
Assistant Coaches: Eric Royer, Joe Youngbauer, Jason Vice, Ryan Arnold, Ron Litchfield, Spencer Policha
2013 Record: 11-1
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They may have fallen one game short once again of playing at the UNI-Dome but Pleasant Valley has gone 18-0 during the final two years of MAC regular season football. The Spartans have a lot of talent that must be replaced and their ability to reload will dictate how good they can be as they move to district play. The offense will have nearly all new skill players but Ryan Spelhaug is back up front after earning first team all conference honors a year ago. This group will be a work in progress during the off-season as the coaches get athletes in key spots ready to perform at a high level. Expect three returning starters along the line to make life much easier. The defense will be searching for quality numbers to bolster the roster but return their top two tacklers in Brendon Bormann and David Carr. A few other teammates bring back big game experience but will be thrust into much more important roles. On paper, this team will struggle to keep pace with their recent success but this is not a group to bet against. They have excelled in the MAC and hope to continue building as one of the best programs in Class 4A on the gridiron.

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Key Players Graduated

Brady Letney QB All-Conference
Landon Carney OL All-Conference / All-State
Corey Davidson OL All-Conference
Nick Slavens RB All-Conf
Nathaniel Scott OL All-Conf
Jimmy Morrissey OLB All-Conf
Noah Bryan DB All-Conf / All-State
Sam Fierce DB All-Conf
Garret Duncan SS All-Conf
Josh Wilken DE All-Conf
Brandon Karber DE All-Conf
TJ Zerbonia RB All-Conf

Returning Offensive Starters

Chase Kipper RB will be QB 2014 5'9 180 2015
Ryan Spellhaug OL 6'4 240 2015
Louis Williams OL 6'3 245 2015
Alex Valant OL 6'1 225

Returning Defensive Starters

David Carr LB 5'11 205 2016
Ben Slavens LB 5'11 190 2016
Brednon Bormann LB/RB 5'11 210 2015
Alex Syverud DB 6 180 2016

Other Returning Varsity Players

Sam Butler DE 6'1 225 2015
Junior Khasselin DL 5'11 235 2015
Keith Hammaker OL 6' 255 2015
Nolan Chap OL 6'1 210 2015
Kevin Stewart WR/DB 6'1 180 2015
Colin Lenz RB/LB 5'10 180 2015
Keegan Gravert DL 5'11 220 2015
Tyler Flanders RB 5'8 170 2015
Ryan Johnson DB 6'2 180 2015
Zach Schony OL 6'3 230 2015

Team Strengths

I think our strength will be our offensive line and the style of offense we run helps make up for some defecencies we might have on both sides of the ball. I also like the number of Seniors that will be lining it up for us this upcoming season which is always helpful having that experience. On the defensive side of the ball I like our linebackers we have coming back with lots of experience.

Questions Marks

We will need to stay healthy just like every other team and it will be important for this crew to gel and buy into our philosophy of Total Effort. We do that and I like our chances of being very competitive again.

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