PCM's Greg Bonnett named 2018 All-Iowa football coach of the year
The preseason goal for PCM, Monroe was clear and simple.
“We 100 percent believed that we would win a state title,” Mustangs coach Greg Bonnett said. “That was our mantra. In all honesty — it doesn’t happen very often — but we felt like if we did anything less than that, we would not have lived up to expectations this year.”
Not only did the Mustangs capture their first Class 2A title in program history, they did so with little resistance from anyone. PCM rolled to a historic 13-0 season, toppling every opponent by 21-plus points. Its closest game was the last one — a 28-7 win over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.
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Bonnett had his guys ready at every turn. In doing so, he’s been named the Des Moines Register’s high school football coach of the year.
“The thing that stands out about this season is how our players and coaches just committed to constant improvement throughout the year,” Bonnett said. “We had great support from everybody — from administrators to parents to the community in general.
“These guys were a very special group.”
Plenty of talent returned from last year’s 7-2 season, and it showed early on. Leaning on playmakers like Reed Worth, Wes Cummings, Preston VanWyk, Brayton VanDyke and others, the Mustangs cruised through their non-district slate. They outscored foes, 173-30.
Nothing changed once the schedule heated up. No district opponent scored more than 18 points on the Mustangs, which entered the playoffs with 2A’s best RPI. This group was your state-title favorite and it wasn’t close.
Williamsburg got within three touchdowns (55-34) in the quarterfinals, but the PCM defense tightened up in the UNI-Dome. After a 27-0 drubbing over West Liberty, the Mustangs were one win away from cementing a magical season.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley got within six before PCM hit the gas in the fourth quarter. Mustang jubilation ensued as the final seconds ticked away.
It’s a moment Bonnett won’t ever forget.
“Here’s what got me the most,” he said. “First of all, looking down at the field and seeing all of our guys smiling and hugging like I had always envisioned they would do if we won the state title.
“Then, looking up in the stands and hearing the entire crowd chant, ‘P-C-M.’ You know you’ve done something very special when all that is going on at the Dome in the state title game. So it was a very surreal moment and a blessing.”
Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.