by Hank Krause
The Akron-Westfield Westerners passed their first test in the Iowa Class A football playoff Oct. 24.
A-W again came from behind to hand Prairie Valley of Gowrie a 19-7 loss. Prairie Valley is set in the quaint area of Gowrie, Callendar, Moreland, Summer, Farnamville, and Lanyan, Iowa.
The first quarter turned out to be a punting contest. A-W and P-V punted six times as the first quarter ended 0-0. There were 16 punts in the game, with both teams punting a total of eight times.
P-V scored early in the second as Mason Gordon exploded around the left side for a 27 yard run. Thirteen seconds later, Chance Hoffman was on the receiving end of Cory Eskra’s aerial, which covered 68 yards to knot it up at seven.
A-W had a great chance to put P-V away but on a fourth and 18, A-W got called for a roughing call. A-W took the lead as Cole Oltmanns intercepted a Warrior pass to put the ball on the P-V 26. Taylor James went right, then cut back into the middle to score and put A-W up 13-6 at halftime.
A-W overcame some mental and physical errors to keep things interesting. James scored on a 47 yard run only to have it called back because of a holding call.
The fourth quarter was a real nail-biter as A-W was its own worst enemy at times. A-W muffed a snap to put themselves in a third and 23 set. Eskra threw to Chet Willer on a screen and Willer picked up 33 yards. A-W moved to the P-V 31 line only to fumble and P-V recovered. P-V ran a pass pattern which caused two A-W defenders to run into each other and give P-V a pass completion. P-V on the A-W 38 completed a long pass, but the Warriors were called for an ineligible receiver downfield. P-V then fumbled the ball and Willer jumped on the ball to set A-W up on the P-V 40. Eskra then hit Chance Hoffman in the end zone to give A-W a 19-7 win.
A-W defensively played well at times. Dan Beitelspacher, Kyle Schroeder, James, Oltmanns, and Willer played as well as the entire defensive unit as they pretty much stymied the Warrior attack.
I’m sure the DNR will come to visit as “Woody” Harris wiped out a gopher as the game progressed. “Poor little gopher!”
1 2 3 4 T
A-W 0 13 0 6 19
P-V 0 7 0 0 7
First Downs 10 8
Rushes-yds. 39-105 41-117
Passing 7-14-0 5-10-2
Passing yds 141 67
Total offense 246 184
Fumbles 4/0 4/2
Penalties 8-60 9-55
Punts 8-33.1 8-42.1
P-V Gordon 27 yd. run (Kehoe kick).
A-W Eskra 68 yd. pass to Hoffman, (James kick).
A-W James 27 yd. run PAT ng.
A-W Eskra 27 yd. pass to Hoffman, PAT ng.