A 34-point deficit proved to be too much for West Sioux’s comeback kids to make up as the Falcons started Class A District No. 1 play with a 47-30 loss at Lawton-Bronson Sept. 13.
The Falcons won the second half 23-13 but the Eagles’ early lead proved to be the key as West Sioux dropped to an 0-3 record. Quarterback Jesus Rivera got the comeback started with a one-yard touchdown run for a 34-7 halftime deficit. He added another one-yard plunge in the third quarter. Mario Topete scored on an eight-yard run in the end of the third stanza that cut the lead to 47-22. Mason Ericson’s 25-yard touchdown catch from Rivera and a Justin Negaard two-point conversion completed the scoring with less than two minutes left.
Anteres Ashley and Blake Sappingfield did the damage for the Eagles accounting for six of the seven L-B scores. Sappingfield had 250 yards rushing and Ashley had 104 rushing yards.
“We gave up 28 points off special teams plays. We were able to move the ball pretty good and adjusted to what they were doing defensively. They were determined to stop Negaard so we went to the other side and if they tightened up in the box we went over the top,” said Falcons Coach Ryan Schwiesow.
The offensive line of Andrew Renken, Trevor Ericson, Dalton Waterman, Ricardo Rodriquez and Logan Van Noort played well and the Falcons were able to “out-hard hit” the Eagles, said Schwiesow.
WS gained 165 yards rushing as Negaard had 81 yards in 18 carries. Rivera had some good reads in the passing game and was 5 of 10 for 89 yards and one touchdown. Lawton-Bronson outgained the Falcons, 372-254 yards. L-B opted for just four throws and completed two for 25 yards.
“After there is some adversity we tend to loosen up. Early in the game we’re nervous and play more not-to-lose as opposed to win. Our goal is still to get into the playoffs and we’re making progress every day in practice and with each game,” said Schwiesow.
Defensive leaders were Schlumbohm and Negaard with 10 total tackles each.
A trip to Inwood to face top-ranked West Lyon is next for the Falcons, at 7 p.m, Sept. 20. West Lyon clobbered Hinton 46-0 Sept. 13.
Schwiesow said the Falcons are pretty healthy after three games.
West Sioux passing Rivera 5-of-10 89 yards, one touchdown, longest completion 53 yards, three interceptions.
West Sioux rushing Rivera 16 attempts, 38 yards, longest run 12, two touchdowns; Negaard 18 carries, 81 yards, longest run 12 yards, one two-point conversion; Mario Topete five carries, 46 yards, longest run 19 yards, one touchdown, one two-point conversion; Mitch Schlumbohm, one carry, minus two yards; Kezden Blankenship, one carry, six yards; team totals 41 carries, 177 yards; long 19 yards; three touchdowns; two two-point conversions.
West Sioux receiving Schlumbohm, three catches, 64 yards, 53 yards longest; Mario Topete, one catch, zero yards; Mason Ericson, one catch, 25 yards, one touchdown.
West Sioux defense leaders by tackles Schlumbohm, 10 total tackles; Negaard, 10; Mario Topete, seven; Porter Hummel, five; Rivera, five; Mason Ericson, five; Rodriquez, four; Van Noort, four; Jonathan Duenas, three; Trevor Ericson, two; Waterman, two; Gabe Topete, two; Luis Ortiz, one.
West Sioux punt returns, Rivera, one for two yards.
West Sioux kickoffs, Mario Topete, five for 282 yards.
West Sioux two-point conversions, Mario Topete, 2-of-2; Negaard, 1-of-1.