After roughly nine months since the last high school varsity football game in the state a year ago, it’s time to tighten up the shoelaces, strap on the helmet and put on the pads.

It is time for the football season to kick off for week number one of the season.

Pella and Pella Christian were both playoff teams a year ago and both look mighty strong entering the 2019 campaign.

The Pella High Little Dutch are ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by the Des Moines Register.

Pella was 8-2 a year ago with the only setbacks being against Oskaloosa and Cedar Rapids, Xavier.

The Dutch will open at home Friday night as they play host to the Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs. Varsity kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Pella tripped up DC-G a year ago 28-0.

Moving across town the Pella Christian Eagles were 8-4 a year ago. Coach Rich Kacmarynski’s 2019 squad will hit the road to face the Oskaloosa Indians.

PC beat the Indians a year ago in a wild shootout 51-33. The Indians qualified for the 3A playoffs a year ago.

Kickoff for the PC and Oskaloosa varsity affair has been set at 7 p.m. at the Lacey Sports Complex.

County Outlook

The Twin Cedars Sabers are the only varsity team in Marion County to have played a game already.

The Sabers dropped their home and season opener last week to English Valleys 47-8.

The TC Sabers hit the road Friday to face the Moravia Mohawks at 7 p.m.

Elsewhere in the county, the Knoxville Panthers (3-6) tackle the Fairfield Trojans Friday at home at Ken Locke Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Pleasantville Trojans also 3-6 a year ago opens on the road Friday to face the Lynnville-Sully Hawks.

The Melcher-Dallas Saints with a new head coach will be at home against Seymour. The M-D and Pleasantville games each start at 7 p.m.

Also, defending 2A State Champion PCM (Monroe) opens defense of their crown with a game in Newton against the Cards.

Perry Bell can be reached at or by calling the Knoxville newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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