By Hank Krause
The A-W Westerners had a real struggle on their hands but overcame the intense heat and humidity to run their record to 2-0 on Friday, September 6 by defeating Le Mars Gehlen Jays 20-12.
The home opener for A-W was a real test. First of all the turf on the field is as good looking as any grass field in the tri-state area. Kudos to Doug Lingle and his staff, who is in charge of the field and did an absolutely perfect job.
A-W kicked off to Gehlen. Gehlen turned the ball over at their own 21. Sam Mace found Chance Hoffman open on a 16 yard scoring pass as A-W took the early lead, 6-0.
The second quarter proved to be a real test. It appeared that both teams were exhausted. With the heat as it was, kids were cramping and hurting.
The Jays got into the scoring column with five minutes to play in the second quarter. A-W was forced to kick the ball away. Gehlen used 6 plays to cover thirty yards to tie it up at 6.
Both teams seemed to be re-energized in the second half. Following a somewhat shanked punt to the Gehlen 26, A-W put the ball in play. On a third down and 10, Mace threw a strike to Hoffman, who made a great catch on the Gehlen two. Mace dashed into the end zone for a three yard run to put A-W up 12-6. Following a poor kick off, Gehlen set up shop on their own 47. The Jays drove to the A-W four but A-W held. A-W returned the favor and fumbled and the Jays covered the ball at the A-W six. Blake Wiltgen of Gehlen rolled left to score and knot it up at 12.
A-W regained the lead, using eight plays to cover 60 yards to score, 18-12. Devon Myers provided the big play as he skirted the right side for thirty yards to put the ball on the Jay’s four. The Jays played excellent defense but A-W’s Mace found Hoffman open on a fourth and five to score. Taylor Anderson added the very important two point conversion to make it 20-12, final.
Everything seemed fine until this writer “of sorts” finds himself threatened by a mother. I can’t win!! What’s this world coming to?
A-W again had good play from Mace, Hoffman, Joe Welch, Devon Myers, and Cody Bosse, however, all the kids played extremely well in spite of the heat.
Defensively, Bosse, Caleb Colt, Jacob Bergman, and Kevin Carlson had a good night defending the Jays.
A-W 6-0-6-12= 20
LGC 0-6-0-6= 12
10 First Downs 9
41-156 Rushes, Yards 38-60
8-18-1 Passing 7-27-0
90 Passing Yards 9
246 Total Yards 69
4-50.1 Punts 7-33.3
2-1 Fumbles- lost 4-1
5-59 Penalties 4-30
1st A-W Hoffman 16 yard pass (PAT NG)
2nd LGC Punt 7 yd. run (PAT NG)
3rd A-W Mace 3 yd. run (PAT NG)
4th LGC Wiltgen 2 yd. run (PAT NG)
5th A-W Hoffman 5 yd. pass (Anderson 2 points)