This will be the 80th meeting between Independence and Vinton-Shellsburg with the first meeting occurring on October 20th, 1899. Since that first meeting, Independence is 25-12-2 against the Vikings at home and 20-20-1 at Vinton. Overall, the Mustangs lead the series 45-32-3. Last season, the Mustangs defeated the Vikings 43-27.
Justin Putz is in his 3rd season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 4th overall. Currently, his record at Independence is 9-9-0. His overall coaching record is 14-14-0 in four seasons with three playoff appearances.
Jim Womochil has been the head coach of the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings 4 years, with an 11-31-0 record at Vinton-Shellsburg.