CLINTON — The new turf at Coan Field has treated the Clinton River Kings well so far in the inaugural season on the field turf. Keeping their home record unblemished won’t be an easy task for the River Kings tonight in the homecoming game.
Davenport Assumption brings a 3-1 record to Clinton, and River Kings coach Lee Camp said the Knights are the best team Clinton (2-2) has faced this fall.
“By far,” he said.
The Knights’ lone loss was a 19-13 setback at Pleasant Valley, which is ranked fourth in the Iowa Associated Press Class 4A poll. Assumption is No. 12.
“If you watched film of that (loss), it looked like they were going to win, but a mistake late let PV win,” Camp said.
Assumption features a diverse offensive attack that averages 400 yards a game and a stingy defense that has allowed a Mississippi Athletic Conference low of 210.5 yards a game.
That combination creates two keys for the Kings.
“We have to be real disciplined on defense and keep them from getting in the open field on us,” Camp said. “Offensively, we have to control the ball and get our defense off the field; they’re just out there way too much.”
Last Friday, Muscatine took advantage with 14 second-half points that led it to a 21-7 win against the Kings. Two weeks earlier, the Kings struggled on offense early, leaving the defense on the field for much of the first half as North Scott built a lead and held on for a 31-13 victory in Eldridge.
“In both those halves we left our defense out there way too long,” Camp said.
“We’re thinking we’ve got to quit making some of the mistakes we’ve been doing. Against North Scott, we didn’t take advantage of what North Scott gave us. At Muscatine, we didn’t get on the edge the way we thought we could have.