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Football quick hits from Webster City's 27-7 win over Iowa Falls-Alden

September 15, 2012 - Troy Banning
With its 27-7 victory over rival Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday, the Webster City football team improved to 3-1 overall. More importantly, the Lynx are 2-0 in Class 3A District 3 and all alone in first place.

Tell me, when was the last time you could say that?

OK, Clear Lake is also unbeaten, but the Lions sit at 1-0 in the district – a half-game behind Webster City. For the time being, the purple and gold are sitting pretty, looking down at the rest of the district.

Not too shabby.

Here are my quick hits from the win over the Cadets.

Game ball goes to: Linebackers Nelson Ball and Rylee Lawson.

We’re giving out two game balls this week simply because both of Webster City’s inside linebackers were too good to ignore. Junior Nelson Ball and sophomore Rylee Lawson racked up eight and five solo tackles, respectively, and they shared in the fun of a sack on Cadets’ quarterback Brandon Norman.

Neither of these guys is very big, but they’re instinctual in the middle of the field. On Friday they read their keys, they executed, and they never missed tackles.

What went right?

This Webster City defense is shaping up to be one of the elite groups in head coach Bob Howard’s tenure, and Friday’s dominant showing against Iowa Falls-Alden was its best performance of the season. The offense struggled early, but came to life in the second half, and spinback Alex Oswald continued to prove that, pound for pound, he’s as tough as they come.

What went wrong?

Alex Oswald carried the WCHS offense in the first half, which led to a 6-0 lead over IF-A, with 93 yards rushing and 114 passing. But other players struggled during that stretch, and if the Lynx want to compete with the best of the best, they can’t continue to have stretches like that.

Statistic of the week: 89

The number that WCHS senior tight end/defensive tackle Boone Myers wears.

Maybe he should be called The Beast after his first-half defensive performance — a 24-minute stretch in which he tormented IF-A quarterback Brandon Norman relentlessly for two sacks and almost single-handedly took the Cadets out of what they wanted to do offensively.

No one in a Cadet jersey could block him. No one.

Looking ahead to week 5: Algona (2-2, 1-1) at Webster City (3-1, 2-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lynx Field, Webster City.

Last year: Webster City won 55-21.

All-time series: Webster City is 53-21 all-time against the Bulldogs.

First look: Which Algona team will show up: The one that hammered Waverly-Shell Rock 34-7 in Week 3, or the one that was on the receiving end of a 35-6 beating at the hands of previously winless Humboldt in Week 4?

We say: Homecoming can sometimes be a distraction, but Bob Howard makes it his mission every year to ensure that doesn’t happen. If the Lynx execute, they win.


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