An Iowa high school football Hall of Fame career for Bob Howard contains three state championships, a state runner-up finish, and 25 playoff appearances over 40 years. It all began in Scranton for the coach, who will bring an undefeated (3-0, 1-0) Webster City team to Linduska Field in Jefferson to take on Mitch Moore’s Greene County Rams Friday night. The playoff run began in 1978 in Scranton, the middle of his three seasons coaching the Trojans.
Coach Howard was asked by Raccoon Valley Radio to recall some of the fond memories from his Scranton days. “First of all, it was a different time. As an old guy now that’s my most fond memory in that it was a different time. Everybody wasn’t quite as sensitive and the kids handled adversity a heck of a lot better. It was a different age. At Scranton, we, of course, were probably 80% farm kids on the football team. We didn’t have a weight in the building! We didn’t lift weights, we didn’t speed train, we didn’t do any of that stuff in the summertime because we didn’t need to. The kids were working hard and they were tough kids.”
Several of those “kids” still live in and around Greene County and are in their middle 50’s. Coach Howard has said in the past that the most fun he had coaching was in Scranton.
WC is ranked fifth or sixth in 3A, depending on the poll you follow. The Lynx are averaging 37 points over 430 yards per game. The Rams are seeking win number one on the season. Coverage on KG98 and www.raccoonvalleyradio.com starts Friday at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.