Prep Football

Central City football is 4-0 for the first time in a decade

Prep football rewind: Trey Holub has ignited the explosive Wildcats

Central City’s Trey Holub (14) takes down Lone Tree’s Avery Knock (2) in a game last season. Holub has been a dynamo on both sides of the ball this season, and the Wildcats are 4-0 heading into a showdown Friday at home against Turkey Valley. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Central City’s Trey Holub (14) takes down Lone Tree’s Avery Knock (2) in a game last season. Holub has been a dynamo on both sides of the ball this season, and the Wildcats are 4-0 heading into a showdown Friday at home against Turkey Valley. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Trey Holub is a quiet kid.

“When he’s off the field, you can’t get him to say much,” Central City football coach Matt Miers said. “But when he gets on the field, it’s like he flips a switch.”

Fitting, because the Central City program is undergoing a transformation, as well.

The Wildcats pounded Lansing Kee, 60-12, Friday night. It was their fourth consecutive lopsided victory; they are 4-0 for the first time since their 8-player debut season of 2008.

“We’re playing at a pretty high level right now,” said Miers, in his fourth season after assistant stints at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Solon. “I knew we had the chance to be explosive. We have a lot of track guys, a lot of speed at the skill positions, and a good line up front.”

Holub, a senior, enjoyed another productive night, running for two touchdowns and catching a pass for another. Here’s his four-game ledger: 548 rushing yards (21.9 per carry) for eight touchdowns, four catches for 120 yards and three TDs, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

“He fits in well in our spinnerback role,” Miers said. “We hadn’t used him as a ball carrier much until this year, but with his explosiveness, he has really taken off.”

He’s not the lone star, though. Six different Wildcats scored touchdowns Friday. Junior quarterback Nick Reid has completed 71 percent of his passes, with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

When Miers took over, Central City was coming off four consecutive one-win seasons — against Cedar Valley Christian each year — from 2011 through 2014.

In Miers’ first two seasons, the Wildcats were 3-7 in 2015 and 2016, then 4-6 last fall.

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“It’s been a lot of work, getting the kids to buy in,” he said. “I believe in building relationships and trying to make a positive impact.”

And now, the program awaits something it hasn’t experienced in a decade — a bona fide showdown. No. 9 Turkey Valley (4-0) comes to Central City next week.

“I have a ton of respect for them,” Miers said. “They’ve got a system and they run it to perfection. We’ll have our work cut out for us. We have to have a great week of practice.”

Perfection collisions

The Turkey Valley-Central City battle is one of three area Week 5 contests featuring a pair of unbeatens.

After celebrating Butch Pedersen’s 300th career victory, West Branch (4-0) travels to Bellevue (4-0) as Class 1A District 4 action begins.

And a pair of Class A surprises collide at Riverside, where BGM (4-0) meets Highland (4-0). BGM has shut out its last three opponents, including a 41-0 triumph over East Marshall on Friday.

Busy guy

Cole Davis of Independence was credited with 18.5 tackles in Friday’s loss to Center Point-Urbana, a figure that ranks seventh-best in the state this season for a single game.

Davis, a junior, compiled 18 solo stops and was in on one assisted tackle.

He has 38 tackles this season.

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