WEBSTER CITY - Trey Tesdahl is a perfect passer.
No, really, he is and the statistics back it up.
The Webster City junior has completed both of his pass attempts this season for 29 yards and a touchdown - that score giving the Lynx their only points last week in a 24-8 loss to Class 3A District 3 foe Waverly-Shell Rock.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City junior Trey Tesdahl (10) cuts back to the inside on a nice gain against Waverly-Shell Rock last Friday in Waverly. The Lynx starting wingback all season, Tesdahl will move over to spinback in place of the injured Alex Oswald tonight against Humboldt. Kickoff from Humboldt is set for 7:30 p.m.
But the bit of trickery that helped Tesdahl's aerial assault - both completions came on wingback tosses as he rolled to the right - will not be at his disposal tonight when he shifts a few steps and camps out behind center as the Lynx spinback on the road against Humboldt at 7:30 p.m.
Tesdahl will take over for junior Alex Oswald, who has started every game at the position this season. Oswald suffered a high ankle sprain in the third quarter of last week's loss and has spent the entire week on crutches. He won't be in uniform tonight and his availability for the rest of the season is in doubt.
"(Oswald) sure isn't going to play (tonight) and I don't know if he'll be back this season," WCHS head coach Bob Howard said.
Enter Tesdahl, who hasn't directed an offense since he was a middle school player in Arizona. There's no doubt he has the running skills to play the position - Tesdahl has gained 311 ground yards and scored one touchdown this season - but can he be effective enough throwing the ball to keep the district-leading Wildcats (4-3, 3-1) honest?
"He was (at spinback) during the summer quite a bit, and I think it's gone fairly well this week in practice," Howard said. "Of course, he hasn't had the game repetitions yet, so that's going to be a challenge."
Tesdahl and the rest of the Lynx (4-3, 3-2) will attempt to end a two-game losing streak - a slide that sent them from the top of the district standings to the No. 4 position. A win in their district finale would cement a postseason position and most likely give them the No. 2 seed and a home playoff game.
But a loss could be devastating. Yes, WCHS could still make the playoffs, but dropping tonight's contest would mean a lot of sleepless nights over the next seven days.
"If they win then they're probably the district champion and if we win then we're in the playoffs," Howard said. "So it's a big game and we're both playing for something."
Humboldt has been red hot, winning four consecutive decisions after beginning the season 0-3. The Wildcats beat South Central Calhoun in Week 2, but they were forced to vacate the victory a few days later because of the use of an ineligible player.
"They're very well balanced and very efficient," Howard said of the Wildcats. "They've certainly gained a lot of confidence over the past three or four weeks and with young kids that always helps."
Humboldt sophomore tailback Brady Ross is on pace to win the district rushing title; he enters tonight's tussle 824 yards and 13 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Ben Jacobson has thrown for 810 more yards and six scores against just two interceptions.
"(Ross) is just a good, solid running back, and he's a tough kid," Howard said. "They've also got an explosive passing game when they want to throw, but we will start like we always do; we need to stop the run and put them in positions where they need to pass."