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Norwalk Warriors Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Page Eight 416 N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 28, 2013 Senior 4-H Awards Night Ceremony Warren County Senior 4-H held their annual Awards Night ceremony Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Indianola Parks & Recreation building, to congratulate and give spe- cial rec ognition to Warren County 4-Hers. Birchmier with the Carlisle Trail Blazers, son of Kurt and Colleen Birchmier, and Aaron Ol on with the Carlisle Ridge Riders, son of Michael and Jennifer Olson, tied for the Top Senior Award for their Record Books. Tess Davis with the Be Square 4-H club, daughter of Jeff and Jane Davis of Indianola, received the Paul Vanderlinden Perfect Attendance Award for the most consecutive years of perfect attendance. Sponsors of the ceremony were Hawkeye Exterminators, Barker Implement, Larry McConnell, with A & W. Kevin Putney of Putney Auction donated the hog for the raffle, won by Cheryl Rawson and Anne Newell. Terry Jorgensen, Indianola Locker, processed the hog for the raffle drawing. Leaders of Senior 4-H are Monty Freeman, Kim DeLa)9 Cindy Brummer and Jeff Davis. Tess Davis, Garett Onstot, Kaylee Miller, Aaron Olson, Caleb Birchmier Tess Davis Tony Rhinehart of Hawkeye Exterminators, Jeff Gibson of Barker Implements. Photos submitted. I NHS NEWS By Tom Scallon, Dean of Students Optimist Award Winners, 2013 Tom Scallon and Rachel Lundberg. Photo submitted. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Lundberg, seniors at Nor- Tom Scallon and Rachel walk High School, at- tended the Des Moines Metro Area Optimists An- nual Youth Appreciation Luncheon. Both students were chosen to represent Norwalk High School by the teaching staff as each displays a positive vision and makes those around them better. The Optimist Creeds also states one should "Be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the pres- ence of trouble." Although these are lofty goals, Scallon and Lundberg are worthy representatives. Warrior Football Season Wrap-up By Tyler French " This football season has been one filled with sur- prises, disappointments and shattered expecta- tions. The Norwalk War- rior football team had a season few expected from them. Many people thought a .500 record was out of the question, let alone a playoff appear- ance. A season like this should be looked with high hopes about what the future holds for the Norwalk football pro- gram. When asked about his thoughts on the season, head coach Paul Patterson had this to say: "The senior class spent a lot of extra time working on leader- ship which paid off early in the year. With only a handful of experienced prayers returning for this year, we were excited to start the year 3-0 and fin- ish on a two-game win streak to the three seed. We are excited about the group of young men who are returning and they know what they need to do to be successful." For a defense that was returning only a handful of Starters from last year's squad, this season had to be looked at as a positive. Some of the most impor- tant contributors on de- fense were linebackers Austin Grant and Brock Schwechel, lineman Erik Webb and defensive backs Collin Schiltz and Caleb Klocko. These five players were the five leading tack- lers for the Warrior de- fense and also combined for five interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, five sacks and two defen- sive touchdowns. These types of numbers are what you would expect from your captains and defen- sive core. You need to have great numbers from these players in order to find success from your defense. Grant, Webb, Schiltz and Klocko are all seniors and have finished their Norwalk football careers; many players are going to have to step up to replace their production. On the offensive side of the ball, Norwalk seemed to be very one-dimen- sional throughout much of the season. The biggest storyline on offense for Norwalk was the play of freshman quarterback Brady Brandsfield. Com- ing into the season many people were skeptical of how successful the young signal-caller would be. Brandsfield proved all of these doubters wrong. Brandsfield finished the season with 1,822 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions. This type of production was not thought to be possible from a freshman quarter- back unless that quarter- back is Brandsfield, appar- ently. Brandsfield also found tremendous success this season running the ball. He finished with a team-high 416 yards and two touchdowns. He and running back Nathan Johnston, 265 yards and a team-high four touch- downs, were the key con- tributors in the running attack. The rushing attack was extremely inconsis- tent throughout much of the season, especially as the season began to come to a close. Moving on to next year the rushing at- tack will have to find some realm of consistency if they hope to find contin- ued success. An offense cannot find success over an entire season only pass- ing the ball. In the passing game, Brandsfield's favorite tar- gets were receivers Neil Hanson, eight touch- downs, 51 catches and 675 yards, Luke Greenslade, seven touchdowns, 41 catches and 649 yards and Devin Pirkle, one touch- down, 16 catches and 203 yards. It is perfect that Hanson finished the sea- son as the Warriors' lead- ing receiver. Voted as one of the team's captains, Hanson came up with huge catches all season long and made the plays when Norwalk needed them most.-Hanson's tal- ent and strong play will be sorely missed next year. The biggest thing that will have to happen for the Warriors to have success next year is players will have to step up to replace the departing seniors. On defense, much of the pres- sure to achieve will fall on the shoulders of Sonny Onken, Will Fraser, Cole Rice, Schwechel and Brett Leto. These players have to be leaders next year for there to be a strong defense for the Warriors next year. For the offense, all eyes are going to be on the de- velopment of Brandsfield. The offense will run through him and trust will be placed in him to pro- duce at a high level once again. This should be no problem for Brandsfield, as he possesses the wits and talent that will take him far in the game of foot- ball. Other players that will be important for Norwalk will be Greenslade and Pirkle. These two will be key to replacing the production of Hanson. Major develop- ments are also needed from Jesse Cowie and Cory Harding, as they will be looked at to carry the ball with strength and con- fidence and get the run- ning game going early in the season. Returning si:arting offensive linemen Thomas Dougherty and Jake Kestel will also be key to having a strong offen- sive output next season. If these players can all step up next year and continue to improve, there is no rea- son for Norwalk to not have a return to the play- offs. After four passion- filled seasons as a part of the Norwalk Warrior foot- ball program, another great class of seniors graduates to go on to have a bright future. Congratu- lations to all of the gradu- ating players and a major thank you for all of their hard work and dedication. Also, good luck to the re- turning players for a suc- cessful season in 2014. Chickens can't swallow when they are upside down.