Alarms were set, and fans found their way to the turf practice field for the annual midnight practice for Muscatine Football. The Sophmore and Varsity team combined to practice under the lights in front of parents, students, and fans as they completed the first fully padded practice of the season.
Last season, Muscatine finished the season with a 5-4 record. Three of their wins came against top 10 ranked teams in Class 4A. The Muskies graduated 25 seniors from last year’s campaign. Among them, the Muskies are charged with replacing Drew Greenhaw, who was class 4A’s leading receiver and is playing football at Iowa Central Community College; two-year starting quarterback Luke Wichers, who is at camp with Simpson College; and one of the top rushers in the state in running back, Alphonso Soko, who is playing at the University of Northern Iowa. Senior Jackson Foulk will assume the starting quarterback position while the coaching staff tries to find the right mix at running back. Senior Kobe Vasquez will be a major contributor at wide receiver.
The schedule will be strong for the MHS. The Muskies prepare to host Cedar Rapids Kennedy in week one. They then will face off against Iowa City West, which lost in the state title game in 2016. The district for Muscatine includes Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport Central, Davenport North, and Iowa City High School.