by Steve Peterson
Three fourth quarter scores allowed West Sioux to end the 2012 football season with a two-game winning streak as the Falcons bested Alta-Aurelia, 20-8, on Oct. 19 in Aurelia.
“It was a good win. We knew it would be tough going down there. We had our struggles this year with discipline issues and injuries but we fought through it,” said Falcons Coach Clint McKee.
The Falcons scored first against the Warriors with a 15-yard touchdown run by Jesus Rivera. Mario Topete booted the Point After Touchdown (PAT) for a 7-0 West Sioux lead with 10:35 left in the second quarter.
The Warriors took an 8-7 lead on a 6-yard run by Garrett Van Houten with 5:53 left in the third quarter.
Senior Kembi Kooi scored on a four-yard touchdown run for a 14-8 lead for the Falcons with 5:11 remaining. That was set up by a 40-yard pass from Quarterback Jesus Rivera to Austin Hultquist.
“We were pretty confident when we got the lead because the defense was playing well,” said McKee.
Topete, who also had two PATs on the night, booted field goals of 33 and 32 yards with 2:47 and just 43 seconds left, respectively, to account for the final six points for West Sioux.
“We had a new holder in freshman Kedzen Blankenship. We were on our fifth or sixth guy after Jacobe Millikan had a concussion. Blankenship won the job hands down,” said McKee.
The defense set up the second Mario Topete field goal as Logan Vlotho had a fumble recovery on a blitz against the Warriors’ signal caller.
The Warriors ended their season with a 1-6 District No. 1 record, 1-8 overall.
The Falcons ended the year with a 2-5 Class A District No. 1 record. West Sioux had a 2-7 overall record.
West Sioux had downed Sibley-Ocheyedan, 40-16 the week before.
“The seniors really stepped it up and it was a total team effort,” said McKee of the win against Alta-Aurelia.
After the win, the Falcons rang their victory bell back home.
“Hopefully we can have some momentum for next year if the young kids hit the weight room,” said McKee.
For passing, Rivera was 3-for-7 for 72 yards with 1 interception.
For rushing: Dereck Kaskie: 2 carries, 2 yards; Kooi: 8 carries, 40 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 1 touchdown, 4 yards; Rivera: 15 carries, 24 yards, 1.6 yards per carry, 1 touchdown, 15 yards; Mitch Schlumbohm: 1 carry, 4 yards; Mario Topete: 14 carries, 43 yards, 3.1 yards per carry.
For receiving: Hultquist: 2 receptions, 53 yards, 26.5 yards per reception; Schlumbohm: 1 reception, 19 yards.
For scoring: Kooi: 6 rushing points; Rivera: 6 rushing points; Mario Topete: 6 field goal points, 2 PAT points.
For fumble recoveries: Vlotho, 1, 0 yards.
For kickoffs: Topete, 5, 266 total kickoff yards, 2 touchbacks (to the 20-yard line).
For punting: Rivera, 6 punts, 204 total yards, 34.0 yards per punt, 43 yards longest punt.
Kickoff returns: Justin Negaard: 2 kickoff returns, 58 kickoff return yards, 27.5 yards per return.