Look back at A-W’s season on offense

Posted November 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm

By Steve Peterson

Akron-Westfield completed a 5-5 record for the 2016 football season, 5-2 in District No. 1 games, and qualified for the first round of the Class A playoffs. The season ended Oct. 28 with a 24-21 loss to Council Bluffs-St. Albert.

Victories were earned over: Woodbury Central, 24-0; Lawton-Bronson, 31-6; West Monona, 58-6; Gehlen Catholic, 30-23 and Maple Valley Anthon Oto, 54-16. A-W lost to Hinton, 34-8; Western Christian, 41-15; West Sioux, 20-14 and St. Albert-Council Bluffs, 24-21.

A-W made the playoffs for the third straight year, led by Head Coach Eric Walkingstick and his staff.

Statistics on offense for the Westerners from a solid season:


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    A-W defensive 2016 stats

    Akron-Westfield defensive statistics:

    Christian Wolthuizen led in total tackles with 65.5 had three solo tackles for loss; Nick Jacobs had 57.5 total tackles; John Henrich contributed 38 total tackles, two solo tackles for loss; Irizarry had 31 total tackles, one solo sack; Ty DeRocher had 30.5 total tackles, one solo tackle for loss, one solo sack; Aaron Allard, had 29.5 total tackles; Montana Jackson, 29.5 total tackles; Kyle Johnson had 28.5 total tackles; Sebastian Berg, had 27 total tackles, one solo sack; Juan Sanchez had 24

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    A-W falls in Playoffs

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners went on a long trek to Council Bluffs to play the Falcons of Council Bluffs St. Albert on Friday, Oct. 28. It was a game that the Falcons won 24-21. However, A-W could have won this one. I suppose you could say woulda, coulda, or shoulda, but not this time.

    A-W came up short on the scoreboard but A-W had more first downs than SA, out-yardaged

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    A-W volleyball falls to L-B in Regional playoff

    By Steve Peterson

    Lawton-Bronson ended the Akron-Westfield volleyball team’s season at 21 wins with a 3-0 win over the Lady Westerners in the regional playoff round Oct. 27.

    L-B won 25-20 and 25-20 in the first two sets and 25-17 in the third to advance to the Class 1A regional final at Le Mars.

    A-W saw its 14-match win streak come to an

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    A-W drops a heart-breaker!

    By: Hank Krause

    The West Sioux Falcons came for a neighborly visit and went home with the prize. A-W got punched in the mouth as they fell to the Falcons 20-14 on October 21.

    The game was played in front of a big crowd on a perfect fall night and turned out to be a good tussle. A-W had the ball first and moved to the WS 40 with a fourth down. Instead of

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    A-W hosts Parents Night

    By Steve Peterson

    A total of 25 football players, a cheerleader and the video coordinator were honored at Akron-Westfield’s Parents Night ceremony held before the Oct. 21 game with West Sioux.

    Senior football players are:

    Aaron Allard, son of Tim and LaRae Allard;

    Austin Allard, son of Tim

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    A-W seniors have 24 football wins

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s record for its Class of 2017 football players is, as of the end of the regular season, 24-15.

    Coach Eric Walkingstick’s squads were

    • 4-5 in 2013;

    • 4-6 in 2014 with a first round playoff loss to Woodbury Central; and

    • last season’s Class A State Runner-up trophy winning season at 11-3.

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    A-W ready for playoffs; scouting St. Albert

    By Steve Peterson

    For the second straight year Akron-Westfield will open the Class A football playoffs against St. Albert of Council Bluffs.

    The Friday, Oct. 28 game is in Council Bluffs at 7:00 p.m. St. Albert has a 9-0 record after winning Class A, District No. 7. The Westerners have a 5-4 record.

    “They return most of their players from last year. They’re a very balanced offense and have a very stingy defense.

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    Class A, Dist. No. 1 standings

    Class A District No. 1 football standings (district record, then overall):

    West Sioux, 6-1, 8-1; Akron-Westfield, 5-2, 5-4; Woodbury Central, 5-2, 6-3; Westwood, 4-3, 6-3; Gehlen Catholic, 4-3, 5-4; Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, 3-4, 4-5; Lawton-Bronson, 1-6, 2-7 and West Monona, 0-7, 1-8.

    Results Oct. 21: West Sioux 20, Akron-Westfield 14; Gehlen Catholic 21, Westwood 20; Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 23, Lawton-Bronson, 6; and Woodbury Central 42, West Monona, 0.

    Class A playoffs start Friday, Oct.

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    Westerners dehorn MVAO Rams

    By Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield Westerners took the long trip to Mapleton on Friday, Oct. 14, to take on the Rams of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto in a district game.

    A-W needed a win to stay alive for playoff hopes, and they did stay alive and well with a final tally of 54-16.

    A-W’s win and West Sioux’s loss to Woodbury Central puts the district in a slight quandary. If A-W hands West Sioux a

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