by Hank Krause
Homecoming 2012 – A-W 46, West Sioux 12.
On another beautiful night at Akron-Westfield the Westerners, sporting a 4-0 record, moved its season up to 5-0 with a 46-12 pounding of West Sioux. The winless Falcons gave a stiff battle for the first half as the rivalry still abounds. I didn’t notice if dual Superintendent Randy Collins had on a red, white, and black coat.
A-W took the opening kick off and started to drive but gave up the ball by a fumble as WS’ Logan Van Noort recovered. WS, unable to move the ball was forced to punt. A-W gave the ball back to the Falcons as they intercepted an A-W pass. WS took advantage as Jesus Rivera found Mason Ericson wide open for 24 yards. It was the Falcons’ second touchdown of the year.
A-W came back to use three plays to cover 76 yards. Cory Eskra laid one out perfect to Chance Hoffman who was running down the east sideline for a 65 yard touchdown run putting A-W on top 7-6.
West Sioux came right back to score on a 32 yard pass to a wide open Mario Topete to give WS a 12-7 lead.
West Sioux, with the ball at their own 31, when A-W’s John Wolthuizen grabbed a Falcon pitch out and returned it 27 yards to score.
On WS’ next possession, the Falcons drove to the A-W 33 where WS was going to try a field goal. The snap went back only to hit the holder in the helmet and A-W recovered.
Just before halftime, Wolthuizen recovered another fumble on the WS 36. Chet Willer then found Hoffman who made a great catch in the end zone to make it 21-12.
A-W recovered another WS fumble as Cole Oltmanns jumped on the ball. Taylor James, who ran for 263 yards in 25 carries, ran in for 15 yards to make the score 28-12. On A-W’s next drive, A-W rode James as he ran for 19, 18, 5, 13, 12 before scoring from the three. A-W stretched its lead to 34-12.
WS, forced to punt, got a nine yard kick to put the ball on the A-W 41. James ran for 32, 8, 11, before scoring from the four.
Early in the fourth, A-W scored one more time, recovering an errant A-W kickoff. Daniel Beitelspacher hit a high pop up. The ball sort of sailed, the Falcon player watched it instead of jumping on the ball. A-W recovered. James found Hoffman open on a roll out to finalize the score, 46-12.
Defensively, Wolthuizen, Cody Bosse, Willer, and Oltmanns, had good games. Wolthuizen stole the ball from a WS runner and returned it 80 yards to score, only to have it called back because of a penalty.
A-W played some pretty good football after the first quarter. This week A-W is on the road to Sibley to play Sibley-Ocheyedan.
1 2 3 4 T
AW 7 14 19 6 46
WS 12 0 0 0 12
Scoring by quarters
WS – Rivera 24 yd. pass to Ericson PAT no good
AW – Eskra 65 yd. pass to Hoffman PAT good
WS – Topete 32 reception touchdown PAT no good
AW – Wolthuizen 27 yd. fumble recovery, PAT no good
AW – Willer 27 yd pass to Hoffman, PAT good
AW – James 16 yd. run, PAT no good
AW – James 3 yd. run, PAT no good
AW – James 4 yd. run, PAT no good
AW – James 6 yd. pass to Hoffman, PAT no good
First Downs 22 11
Rushes 51 46
Rushing yds 361 124
Passing 5-13-1 3-11-0
Passing yds 124 79
Total offense 485 203
Fumbles 4/0 6/2
Penalties 6-53 3-15
Punts 3-34.3 6-28.5