In Grant’s senior year, the Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the state. Madrid beat Pleasantville in a state playoff game hosted by Madrid in a game slated for the UNI-Dome, but played outside due to a snowstorm that forced games to be played on a Monday outdoors.
For a Trojan football team that threw the ball, the conditions for the Madrid contest, would have been better suited for inside.
Grant listed a few of his classmates his senior year on the Trojan squad. The list included Chris Haugen, Ryan Hancock, Adam Krichau, Scott Koerselman and Brock Stubbs to name a few.
Grant and Scott Koerselman both eventually walked on at Iowa State to play for Coach Dan McCarney.
Grant later left the ISU program to play football and baseball at Simpson College in Indianola. Scott Koerselman the all-state quarterback at Pleasantville, who lit up the skies with his passes left ISU to play football at Central College.
Grant reflected on his high school days.
“Coach Danks was and still is one of the best coaches you could ever want to play for. He helped shape a lot of young men in Pleasantville. He was very approachable and played a father-role for many of us on the team,” Grant stated.
“Years later, I’m proud to say Coach Danks is now a friend,” Grant added.
The Pleasantville assistant coaches over the years were tremendous people to play for as well. The list includes Rich Thomas, Coach “K”, Tim Koerselman, Jeff Cook, Ted Myers and Dan Calhoun.
Grant included the junior high coaches who helped put players into positions at a young age, Duane Harken and Tom Adreon.
Coach Koerselman, is currently the athletic director at Pleasantville.
“It was a great honor for Grant to be named to the team. Considering the company on that team, it is pretty awesome,” Koerselman said.