SPRING VALLEY — Football fans on both sides of Bureau County will be treated for what should be another exciting season-opener matchup between the Hall Red Devils and the Bureau Valley Storm.
The host Hall Red Devils hope to follow-up last year’s playoff breakout season with another solid run on the gridiron. The Storm have been invigorated by new head coach Spencer Davis, who promises to add some excitement with a spread offense.
“I think it should be a great atmosphere both teams have high expectations this year. Should be a lot of fun,” Hall coach Randy Tieman said.
Davis, who has returned to his hometown to take over the Storm reigns this year, is well versed on local rivalries and enjoys them.
“I’m glad we play those teams. I think that’s important to play rivals within the county, no matter if its conference crossovers or not,” he said. “I think it’s just better to play a county rival in Hall or St. Bede over a Rockridge or Orion. It keeps the old-time rivalries going, and it’s fun.”
Tieman goes into the contest wary against Bureau Valley with the unpredictability of meeting a team with a new coach and the talent level of the Storm’s skilled positions.
“That’s a tough matchup for week one especially with a new coach in coach Spencer (Davis). He’ll have those kids ready to play I know that, and he has some really skilled athletes,” Tieman said. “With coach Davis taking over there he’ll do a great job, and we don’t know what to expect. We hear rumors, and we saw them in 7-on-7 so we’re kind of preparing for everything and that’s tough to do.”
Storm fans got a preview of the Storm’s spread offense, featuring senior quarterback Parker Neuhalfen. He scored three touchdowns in an offense that is built around a big-play capabilities.
• Notes: The Storm won last year’s season opener 42-21 which started on Friday night and ended on Saturday due to thunderstorms suspending second-half play. BV limped to the finish after that game, finishing 3-6 while the Red Devils rebounded to finish the regular season at 6-3 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in five years.
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