November 13, 2014 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)
Will Iroquois Go All The Way?
Coming into the 2014 KHSAA Football season, not too many people were talking about the Raiders of Iroquois High School in Louisville, Kentucky. The team finished with just a 5-5 record last season and missed the playoffs, however the Raiders were determined to have a better season this time around. “We knew from the time we weren’t going to the playoffs last year that we were going to have a great year this season, it just would require hard work”, said senior running back and safety Larry Jackson.
Jackson couldn’t have been more right because the Raiders have had a great season. Iroquois finished the season with an 9-1 record, which is second best in the KHSAA 5A Class. The Raiders defense has allowed nearly just 10 points per game, while the offense has averaged nearly 34 points per game. “The key to the team’s success this year is knowing that we are capable to do anything as long as we work hard in practice”, Jackson said of the Raiders progression this season.
That hardwork would be shown on last Friday night, when the Raiders defeated the Shelby County Rockets 34-9 at Iroquois. The win would be Iroquois’ first playoff win since 1996 and proved that they have progressed a lot since last season. “It feels great to be apart of the success . Knowing that we are making history and knowing we are capable to play at WKU for a state title is even more great news,” said Jackson.
Now the Question is can the Raiders go all the way? Larry Jackson sure believes so, “We have never been in this situation and we feel like we are taking the success great but we are not where we want to be yet.” On Friday night the Raiders will play at Bullitt Central in the second round of the Class 5A Russell Athletic/ KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Buillitt Central finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and is coming off an 28-7 win against Jeffersontown High School. The game should be very interesting and will be one more step the Raiders will have to take in their quest to win a state title.