The 2019 football season is underway for most teams in Iowa, and Atlantic was one of those who had their first day of practice on Monday.

The Trojans are in their second year of a two-year cycle in Iowa Class 2A District 9, and are looking to build on a 4-5 season, including a fourth-place finish in a district that saw three teams qualify for the post-season. The Trojans won their final two games, including a 35-14 victory over Red Oak in the season finale.

Mike McDermott, who is 10-17 entering his fourth season as the Trojan head coach, will need to replace three of their top four offensive players, including all-state selection Chase Mullenix, who accounted for the lion’s share of the rushing.

The good news is the No. 2 rushing option and top receiver and scorer, Tyler Moen, is back, with 794 all-purpose yards, 416 of those on the ground. Also back is No. 2 defensive man Bodie Johnson, who had 46.5 tackles, including 4.5 for losses, while Cale Roller has two sacks.

A more in-depth profile of the Trojans is planned in the coming weeks. The season opening game against Saydel is Friday, Aug. 30, at the Trojan Bowl.

Two other area teams already have a week of practice under their belts, as Audubon and Griswold each have games Friday, Aug. 23 -- the Wheelers hosting East Mills, and the Tigers on the road against Ar-We-Va of Westside.

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