Week 1 of the 2013 season is in the books, and by all accounts the players made it through the heat with minimal melting. Here are some things that stood out to me from the games in Central Iowa...

New Year, Same Valley

The Battle for West Des Moines lived up to expectations, with Waukee pushing Valley to the limit. The Warriors scored 17 unanswered points and held the Tigers offense scoreless for most of three quarters. But in the end it was Tyus Mason who stole the show, and the win, with his touchdown scamper in the final two minutes. Now it's out of the sauna and into the brick oven for Valley as they face Dowling Catholic at Drake Stadium in the Most Hyped Rivalry in Iowa High School Football.

The Old Cat's Still Got It

If I learned anything from the inaugural Ankeny-Ankeny Centennial game, it's that Jerry Pezzetti really is that good. The score may have only been 17-7, but all indications are that it was never even close. It takes very good coaching to take a team from zero to victorious in under a month, and now the old ball coach adds another tale to his legend. The Jaguars will get their first real test of the season this week when they host Johnston at 7 PM in our FFN Game of the Week.

Allen Who?

Urbandale scored 63 points Friday night, and none of them came from All-World player Allen Lazard. Teams will be scheming and stacking up to shut down the Iowa State recruit, which will create opportunities for his teammates. Abdulai Mansaray grabbed his chance by the horns to score six touchdowns against Fort Dodge, which will give the rest of the J-Hawks' opponents something else to worry about during film session.

Out of My Ferch-ing Way

Note to the rest of Class 2A: Duncan Ferch is still really good. The latest of the Flying Ferch Brothers ran roughshod on the Waterloo Columbus defense for another 200+ yard game in West Marshall's 50-0 win. As a fan of small school sports, it's great to see Ferch putting up these numbers, and as a lifelong Bondurant-Farrar supporter it's great to see West Marshall in another district.

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