Tell us, Adams family, what did the Webster City football program ever do to you?
First it was Ozzie Adams, and Friday night it was little brother Brock's turn to heave a large chunk of kryptonite at the Lynx sideline.
Brock Adams, a Clear Lake sophomore and the Lions' first-year starter at quarterback, orchestrated a 24-7 victory over WCHS at Lynx Field with precision passes and just enough deceptiveness running the ball to throw a wrench in the Lynx plans of ending Clear Lake's reign of dominance over Class 3A District 3.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City junior spinback Alex Oswald tosses a jump pass as Clear Lake linebacker Brice Wilcke (42) is held at bay by an interior lineman late in the first half at Lynx Field Friday night. Oswald found Boone Myers for a 5-yard touchdown on the play, but it was the only score for the Lynx in a 24-7 loss to the Lions.
By the time the dust settled, Brock Adams had completed 8 of 11 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown, and he led the team in rushing with 44 yards.
"Brock did a nice job. He throws some nice passes and he's got the Adams arm, which is nice to have," Clear Lake head coach Fred Wieck said after he directed the Lions to their 14th consecutive victory over the Lynx. "He doesn't have the wheels yet, but we don't ask him to run a lot of the triple option stuff."
Last year it was Ozzie Adams, then a senior, who rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns, and passed for another score in then No. 1-ranked Clear Lake's 28-27 victory over No. 2 WCHS.
Clear Lake 7 3 6 8-24
Webster City 0 7 0 0-7
CL - Cody Maulsby 43 pass from Brock Adams (Logan Kracht kick), 2:10.
CL - FG Kracht 38, 4:33.
WCHS - Boone Myers 5 pass from Alex Oswald (Kirk Greenley kick), 1:08.
CL - Brice Wilcke 1 run (kick failed), 5:13.
CL - Wilcke 1 run (Carter Hand pass from Adams), 11:48.
Rushing - CL: Brock Adams 5-44, Brice Wilcke 12-40, Cody Maulsby 10-34, Chase Lester 16-24, Gavin Sheakley 1-9, Ernie Miszewski 2-5, Carter Hand 2-3. WCHS: Trey Tesdahl 8-56, Alex Oswald 11-47, Connor Larson 7-11, Austin Myers 1-(-3).
Passing - CL: Adams 8-11-0 159. WCHS: Oswald 6-14-2 84.
Receiving - CL: Hand 2-64, Maulsby 2-52, Luke Schiller 1-21, Wilcke 1-12, Miszewski 1-8, Sheakley 1-2. WCHS: Ben Mossman 2-43, Boone Myers 2-23, Tesdahl 1-14, Tyler Lockwood 1-4.
Tackles - WCHS: Nelson Ball 12, Gus Gasca 8, B. Myers 7.5, Rylee Lawson 5.5, Cal Zahn 3, Cooper Jaycox 3, Brandon Patten 2.5, Chris Goodrich 2.5, Lockwood 2, Dylan Fielder 1.5, A. Myers 1, Alex Lomeli 1, Mason Myers .5, Kirk Greenley .5.
The Lions' victory threw the race for the district title into chaos at the midpoint of the season. WCHS (4-2, 3-1) and Humboldt (3-3, 3-1) share the lead, while Clear Lake (4-2, 2-1) and Iowa Falls-Alden (3-3, 2-1) sit just a half-game back.
Coming off a loss to Humboldt a week earlier, Wieck said Friday's battle was more about survival than beating a rival.
"If we lost to Webster City this week we were really digging a hole and I think our kids played like our backs were against the wall," Wieck said. "If Webster had that motivation they might have been able to get us like that."
Brock Adams, who entered the game with four interceptions, dissected the Lynx secondary early on and again throughout much of the second half.
He ripped off a 32-yard run on the Lions third possession of the game late in the first quarter to move the ball past midfield, and one play later he hit Cody Maulsby in stride across the middle for a 43-yard touchdown that turned the momentum after WCHS dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in the early going.
"We got beat by a team that made plays when they needed to and we didn't make plays when we needed to," WCHS head coach Bob Howard said after he and his team saw their eight-game home win streak collapse. "Physically I think we were at the same level, but they made plays."
Clear Lake took a 10-7 lead into the third quarter, and that's when Adams took over.
He completed passes on third-and-6 and third-and-8 that moved the chains on the Lions first possession of the second half, and a little later Brice Wilcke bulldozed his way through the middle of the line for a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal to push the Lions advantage to 16-7.
The drive took 16 plays, covered 69 yards and chewed up nearly 8 minutes of time off the clock.
"We had some big pass plays," Wieck said. "That touchdown at the start of the third quarter was the one that really told the tale for me because we were able to build a cushion."
Clear Lake kept drives alive and the WCHS defense on the field with 12 third- and fourth-down conversions on the night. Six of them covered 5 yards or more. It led to a time of possession advantage of more than 17 minutes.
Wilcke iced the game away with a second 1-yard assault into the end zone just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter. The touchdown was set up by a bubble screen from Adams to Carter Hand; Hand broke contain near the line of scrimmage and raced 58 yards down the field to the WCHS 12-yard line.
Adams went 5 for 5 through the air - the completions went to five different receivers - for 101 yards in the second half.
"(Adams) did what he needed to do and he didn't hurt them with any forced passes," Howard said.
WCHS didn't find that type of consistency all night, as the Lynx were limited to just 111 yards rushing and 195 yards of total offense. They had just 53 total yards in the second half.
Junior tailback Connor Larson - the district's leading rusher entering the game - was held in check and amassed just 11 ground yards on seven totes. Wingback Trey Tesdahl found the most running room and gained 56 yards on eight carries.
Spinback Alex Oswald added 47 yards rushing, and he also completed 6 of 14 passes for 84 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown toss on a jump pass to Boone Myers late in the second quarter that trimmed Clear Lake's lead to three points.
But Oswald also threw two costly interceptions, first to Lions' cornerback Gavin Sheakley after WCHS drove down to the Clear Lake 16-yard line in the game's first four minutes.
Chandler Diercks came up with the second pick near the goal line late in the third quarter when Oswald threw into double coverage while looking for Ben Mossman. WCHS was at the Clear Lake 24 when the interception occurred.
The Lions piled up 321 yards of total offense, including 169 yards from their backfield. Maulsby gained 34 yards on 10 rushes before he exited the game with an injured shoulder early in the third quarter.
Lynx linebacker Nelson Ball made 12 tackles, 10 of which were solo stops. Myers had eight tackles, including a sack, from his defensive tackle position, and defensive end Gus Gasca also threw Adams to the turf behind the line of scrimmage.
WCHS will return to the road on Friday for a district date with Waverly-Shell Rock (2-4, 0-3), followed by a Week 8 showdown against Humboldt.
Yes, the loss to the Lions hurts, but Howard says the district race is far from decided.
"(Clear Lake) still has to play Iowa Falls yet, so who knows what will happen," he said. "All we can do right now is win out and if we do that ... certainly the district championship is still a possibility.