ROUGH BEGINNINGS

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August 31, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Junior quarterback Casen Barker runs the ball in Iola's 49-14 loss to Parsons on Friday.

High School Football: Vikings 49, Mustangs 14

For the second year in a row, Iola football’s season opener has left second-year head coach David Daugharthy shaking his head.

Last year, the Mustangs faltered at home against rival Chanute, 38-7. On Friday, Iola fell at home, 49-14, to Parsons in a game that started badly and just got worse.

Last season, the Mustangs memorably got a 28-25 road win over the Vikings to halt a four-game losing streak. On paper, Parsons seemed to be much the team that Iola saw last year with the exception of first-year head coach Kurt Friess. In hindsight, the difference between the two teams is stark.

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