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WEBSTER CITY ROUND OF 16 GAME NOTES

Webster City tailback Trey Mathis celebrates following his third TD, the game-winner, on Friday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

ANOTHER MILESTONE: Lost in the hoopla of Webster City’s 28-21 victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Friday was the fact that it was yet another milestone moment for head coach Bob Howard.

The victory was the 350th of his Hall of Fame career that now spans 44 seasons and includes stops at Scranton and Sigourney — it eventually transitioned to Sigourney-Keota — before he migrated to Webster City in 2007.

Howard ranks sixth all time in the state of Iowa in wins, and he’s currently third among active coaches.

No. 300 for Howard also came during the postseason with an upset win over Ballard back in 2014.

“Congrats to him for 350 wins because that’s just unreal,” WCHS senior spinback Chase Rattenborg said.

EMERGENCY COACH: To prepare for Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s aerial assault, WCHS head coach Bob Howard called on Tyler Mosbach to join the coaching staff in the days leading up to the game.

With a coaching resume, Mosbach — a former WCHS player and current physical education teacher at the school — took over the duties of running the scout team. More importantly, he stepped under center and played SB-L quarterback Tyler Smith to help prepare the Lynx defense.

“Tyler stepped in and really helped us out this week,” Howard said. “He can play quarterback and that really helped.”

2016 SIMILARITIES: When WCHS reached the Class 3A state semifinals in 2016, all of its previous playoff games were played at Lynx Field.

And if WCHS qualifies for the Final Four inside the UNI-Dome again this season? It will do so winning all of its previous playoff games at home.

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