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By Connor Collins, Xavier senior
CEDAR RAPIDS – Xavier’s football team has proved yet again it belongs in Class 4A, and can compete with some of the biggest schools in Iowa.
Xavier is 13-0 and is looking to capture its second state championship in school history. Coach Duane Schulte also is looking for his 100th win as the Saints’ head coach since the school opened 15 years ago.
Schulte and his staff coached at LaSalle High School before Xavier opened, so they have already have passed number 100.
The Saints’ defense has allowed an average of 7.08 points per game, which is the fewest in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Their offense, led by senior quarterback Reggie Schulte, has put up an average of 38.78 points per game.
“It’s the result of a lot of hard work put in by a lot of guys, and I’m just really proud to be a part of it,” Schulte said.
Xavier will face its biggest test yet Friday night, facing Ankeny for the state championship. Ankeny, also 13-0, is three times the size of Xavier and is playing its last football game before splitting into two schools.
The Saints are ready to take on this tough task, however.
“The team is thrilled to have made it this far and is only one win away from the goal we set this year,” senior Nick Steingreaber said. “The coaches have put more time in than any of us can imagine so we are happy for them, too.
“Ankeny will be tough due to their size on the line and quarterback’s experience. But the scout team will emulate their read option offense during practice and give our defense a good look at what they will be going up against like they always do.
“It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime for all of us.”
Xavier plays Ankeny Friday night at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Kickoff is at 7:06.
The game will be broadcasted live on KCRG 9.2.