Eagles football high-powered rush attack led team to movie-quality championship season

The West Hancock Eagles pose for a team photo after their 21-17 victory over Grundy Center in the Class A Championship Game on Nov. 21.

Curran McLaughlin | The Leader

            West Hancock football’s 2019 season played out like a classic sports movie scenario.

            A team that had fallen short a year prior, playing for a coach who wouldn’t be on the sidelines this season rolling through their competition in a historic undefeated campaign and claiming the Class A State Championship in a dramatic game. 

            These kinds of stories write themselves. 

            “It was almost like it was all part of the plan,” interim-head coach Mark Sanger said.

            Sanger filled in coaching duties for his father Bob Sanger who hasn’t seen the sidelines since regular season of 2018 due to medical problems. 

            The team that boasted a starting lineup of 10 plus seniors who have all played in the last three seasons didn’t seem to miss a beat as the Eagles swooped in and destroyed all regular season obstacles in their way. 

            Led by an offensive line anchored by seniors Chandler Redenius, Tristan Hunt, Josh Sromer and Brody Cox and junior Tanner Thompson, the Eagles put up the most offensive yardage in all classes of Iowa High School football.

Read the complete story in the Jan. 1, 2020 Leader.