Getting to Know You: Iowa City West

(Courtesy: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)


It’s a new era for the big class schools in eastern Iowa. No more conference games or conference titles. Welcome to district football for all of the 4A schools. For Iowa City West, they are making the adjustment to district football as well. The Trojans are also making a new adjustment as Garrett Hartwig is the new head coach for the westsiders of Iowa City, replacing Brian Sauser. City West, a perennial power, bring back 8 starters, including two-way players Conner Greene, Kevin Dowell, and Tyler Eads.

The big questions for City West will be starting a new quarterback and the offensive line to complement Dowell at RB, Eads and Oliver Martin at Wide Receivers. Replacing a large number of starters is daunting, but Hartwig expects those roles to be filled with sophomores as they go after a district title.

Iowa City West Stats

2013 Record: 9-2 overall, 5-1 Mississippi Valley Conf. (Mississippi Division)

2014 Class & District: Class 4A, District 7

Coach: Garrett Hartwig, 1st season

Returning Starters – Offense

Kevin Dowell, RB

Tyler Eads, WR

Oliver Martin, WR

Conner Greene, TE

Returning Starters – Defense

John Milani, SS

Conner Greene, LB

Tyler Eads, C

Aaron Bleil, FS

Kevin Dowell, LB

Noah Fletcher, DL

Logan Stevens, DL

Returning Letterwinners: 26

Coaching Staff: Tyler Meade (Def. Coord.), Andrew Durham (Off. Coord.), Travis Meade (Off./Def. Line), Josh Flammang (Special Teams, Off./Def. Line)

Offensive scheme: Pro style

Defensive scheme: Multiple

Interesting stories about the squad, players, or upcoming season: Coach Hartwig expects some big roles will be filled by sophomores, and feels good with the depth in each position. The Trojans will face Dubuque Hempstead and Bettendorf in district play this season. City West defeated Hempstead (first round) and lost to Bettendorf (second round) of the 2013 playoffs. Iowa City West will travel to West Des Moines Valley for a non-district showdown on September 5th, and face their crosstown rivals, Iowa City High in the annual “Battle of the Boot” game on September 19th.

2014 Schedule (District games in bold)

Aug. 29 Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Sept. 5 @ West Des Moines Valley

Sept. 12 @ Cedar Rapids Washington

Sept. 19 Iowa City High

Sept. 25 (Thurs) @ Davenport Central

Oct. 3 Bettendorf

Oct. 10 @ Dubuque Hempstead

Oct. 17 Davenport North

Oct. 24 Pleasant Valley