by Steve Peterson
West Sioux’s football team will be hoping a 40-point effort against Woodbury Central will provide momentum for a strong finish in 2012.
The Falcons host Sibley-Ocheyedan, at 7 p.m., Oct. 12 in a Parents Night clash.
West Sioux scored 27 fourth quarter points in a 63-40 loss to Woodbury Central in Moville in district action Oct. 5. The Falcons are 0-7 overall record, 0-5 in the district. The Generals are 1-6 overall record, 0-5 district.
Seniors bidding adieu to the Falcon home sidelines will be Jacobe Millikan; Dereck Kaskie, Kembi Kooi, Austin Hultquist, Matthew Gude, Logan Vlotho, Brandon Burkard and Kaleb Jungers. They experienced three playoff seasons in their four years as a Falcon, including a playoff win, 27-26, against Bishop Garrigan in Algona in 2010.
“Hopefully we can give them a big send-off win,” said West Sioux Head Coach Clint McKee.
The Falcons hope to be as close to 100 percent as they have been in terms of depth, after a season of some injuries and discipline reasons cost some playing time.
“We got through it but one player may have had a concussion last week,” said McKee.
Against the passing of Woodbury Central quarterback Matthew Wright, who opened the game with three touchdown passes, the Falcons trailed 20-0 after one quarter.
Gude, one of those seniors, picked off Wright from his linebacker spot and rand it back 65 yards for a touchdown. A Mario Topete Point After Touchdown failed, for a 20-6 deficit.
“He made a nice read of Wright on a screen pass. I had to do a double take (at the play’s end) to make sure it was him,” said McKee.
“We were able to finish some drives off, which we had not done all year, but we also made some stupid mistakes, being out of position,” said McKee.
West Sioux freshman Justin Negaard scored twice, on a 20-yard fumble recovery and a 44-yard run for the final score of the chilly night, in the game’s final minute.
“He makes some freshman mistakes but he is going to be a good one. We’ve tried to bring him along but we had to throw him to the wolves a little bit,” said McKee of Negaard.
Hultquist scored a touchdown on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Jesus Rivera to start the fourth quarter scoring for a 57-19 deficit.
After Negaard’s fumble recovery for a touchdown, Mitchell Schlumbohm capped a drive for West Sioux’s next score, a 41-yard run for a 57-32 tally.
Ray Steeplechase ended a Woodbury Central drive with a 7-yard run for a touchdown and a 63-32 lead.
The Falcons had 10 first downs; 217 yards rushing in 32 carries and Rivera was 5-for-10 passing for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
West Sioux statistics
For rushing, Hultquist had 7 attempts, 20 yards, 2.9 per yards per carry; Kaskie, 6 carries, 13 yards, 2.2 yards per carry; Kooi, 6 carries, 31 yards, 5.2 yards per carry; Negaard, 2 carries, 51 yards, 25.5 yards per carry, 1 touchdown, 49 yards; Schlumbohm, 5 carries, 59 yards, 11.8 yards per carry, 1 touchdown of 42 yards; Justin Stoltenburg, 1 carry, 9 yards; Mario Topete, 5 carries, 34 yards, 6.8 yards per carry.
For receiving, Mason Ericson caught 1 pass, 0 yards; Hultquist had 2 catches, 44 total yards, 22.0 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns, 28 yards longest touchdown; Millikan, 1 catch, 2 yards; Schlumbohm, 1 catch, 25 yards; Mario Topete, 1 catch, 2 yards.
Scoring: Gude, 6 return points; Hultquist, 12 receiving points; Negaard, 12 points, 6 rushing points, 6 return points; Schlumbohm, 6 points, 6 rushing points; Topete, 2 points, 2 Point After Touchdown points.
Tackle leaders: Negaard 7 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles, 9 total tackles; Logan VanNoort, 7-1-8; Burkard, 3-2-5;, 1 solo sack; Gude, 2-2-4; Vlotho, 3-1-4.
Interceptions: Gude, 1, 65 return yards for one 1 touchdown.
Fumble recoveries: Hultquist, 1, 0 yards; Negaard, 1, 20 yards for a touchdown; Antonio Topete, 1, 0 yards; Mario Topete, 1, 0 yards.
Point After Touchdown: Mario Topete was 2-for-2.
Kickoffs: Mario Topete, 8, 461 total yards, 4 touchbacks.
Punting: Rivera, 2 punts, 623 yards, 31.5 yards per punt; longest 39 yards; Mario Topete, 2 punts, 95 yards, 47.5 yards per punt, 50 yards longest.
Kickoff returns: Gude, 1, 9 yards; Kooi, 1, 9 yards; Negaard, 1 16 yards; Mario Topete, 5, 92 yards, 18.4 yards per return.
Next game: host Sibley-Ocheyedan, 7 p.m., Oct. 12.
“They like to spread it out a lot, which is what we’ve seen in the last two weeks,” said McKee.
Final West Sioux game of the season is at Alta-Aurelia in Aurelia (they have two fields), 7 p.m., Oct. 19.