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Webster City Football Week 2 Notes
September 7, 2013 - Troy Banning
Here are some of my quick thoughts from Webster City’s Week 2 18-6 victory over Gilbert on Friday.
GAME BALL GOES TO …
For the second time in as many weeks, the game ball goes to linebacker Rylee Lawson. All he did against Gilbert was collect nine solo tackles, including two sacks, and he assisted on two other stops. He also had a fourth-quarter INT to seal the win.
WHAT WENT RIGHT?
Week 2 was, in many ways, a carbon copy of Week 1 for Webster City. The Lynx backed up a dominant defensive effort against Ballard with another one versus Gilbert, holding the Tigers scoreless over the final 42:45 of regulation. The Lynx sacked Gilbert QB Jared Gescheidler five times, which pushed the Tigers back a combined 34 yards. And as much credit as linebackers Rylee Lawson and Nelson Ball receive, defensive tackle Gus Gasca was just as menacing. Defensive end Gavin Dinsdale only threw Gescheidler down once, but he was in the backfield all night.
WHAT WENT WRONG?
WCHS head coach Bob Howard offered up the letter grade of C, maybe C+ he said, when talking about his offense through two weeks.
That’s fair. It’s also fair to say that while the Lynx defense is dang good, the team is going to run into trouble, probably sooner rather than later, if the offense doesn’t come around.
WCHS averaged 8.9 yards per carry two seasons ago and 5.5 in 2012, but so far the Lynx are chewing up just 4.3 yards per tote.
Against Gilbert, WCHS had seven three-and-out series, including three straight to open the game and two in a row to start the second half. The Lynx moved the chains just five times all night.
MY LETTER GRADES THROUGH 2 WEEKS
It’s hard to find fault with a defense that has surrendered just six points in two games, and I have a sneaking suspicion that both Ballard and Gilbert will win more games this year than many believe. I would be stunned if Gilbert wasn’t in the Class 2A playoffs in late October, likely as the No. 2 seed out of its district.
The WCHS defense has been fast, physical and aggressive, and the unit has had to do it while being on the field for a longer period of time than the offense.
The only little blip so far – the Lynx gave up a long run against Ballard and a pair of long passes against Gilbert. But that’s nit-picking.
Average. Sorry, but that’s the best I can come up with.
The good news is I expect WCHS to improve as the season goes on because the offensive line will get better with experience.
The Lynx need to figure out a way to sustain drives and move the chains, but that hasn’t happened yet. All three touchdowns against Gilbert came off short fields, two off turnovers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A-
Believe it or not, the argument could be made that freshman kicker/punter Drew Fielder has been one of the three or four most important players on the team in the first two weeks.
Freshmen just don’t jump in and average nearly 41 yards per punt, but that’s what he’s done. And his placement against Gilbert was spectacular, pinning the Tigers inside their own 10 twice, including once at the 2.
And who’s a struggling offense’s best friend? A good punter.
He’s missed a couple extra points, but as Howard pointed out, Fielder’s never kicked until this season. He’ll figure that aspect of the game out, too.
Long snapper Dalton Draeger deserves some credit as well. Starter Lance Pagel went down with a knee injury in the second half against Ballard and Draeger has filled in admirably. It should be noted that the sophomore had never snapped the ball prior to Pagel’s injury.
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