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Training Camp Road Trip: Iowa Park Hawks

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The past 2 years have not been kind to the Iowa Park Hawks.

After an 8 win season in 2010, back to back 1-9 seasons have the Hawks motivated to turn things around.

"The last two years, you know, they've been pretty, pretty down," says senior lineman, Austin Gestes. "But, you know that's just motivation for us to get up and push way better than they have been."

The Hawks will have a young quarterback with starting experience in sophomore Derrick Ponder.

"He's a lot better," said senior linebacker, Dakota Schweiger. "He's more mobile than he was last year. He can throw the ball perfect."

Gestes agreed, "He throws the ball way better now. He can see over the line, you know, where last year he couldn't."

Even better, the Hawks return 10 of 11 starters on the defensive side of the ball.

"Our defense is way more conditioned," states Gestes. "They're way faster, they're way stronger."

Head Coach Scott Ponder thinks his team is better in every position this year than they have been in the past.

"Strong on our lines, I think we're more mature, I think our leadership is better and we're very excited about where we are," says Ponder.

Another thing that has the town of Iowa Park excited is a new football stadium.

Unfortunately, it's running a little behind schedule, forcing the Hawks to move at least their first 2 games to other venues.

Ponder states, "There's a possibility that third game, our homecoming game may be at home, we'll just see what happens."

The Hawks say they're not going to let any field issues get in their way this season.

"Whether we play at the field on the first day or the last day, it's going to be the same," says Gestes. "We're going to play hard, we're going to play fast."

Schweiger agrees, "Yeah, that don't really matter. We don't care where we're going to play, we just want to play."

Iowa Park opens their season on a neutral field in Holliday, on August 29th, when they face Pampa.