By Steve Peterson
West Sioux is very much in contention for a Class A District No. 1 football playoff spot following a 27-14 win over Woodbury Central of Moville Oct. 11.
The Falcons got two touchdown runs of five and one yard by Justin Negaard; quarterback Porter Hummel threw for and ran for a score; and Jesus Rivera also scored as the Falcons are 2-5 overall record, 2-3 in district play. They are at Sibley-Ocheyedan for a key clash at 7 p.m., Oct. 18.
“Porter showed maturity of a senior as a sophomore. I can’t say enough about Hummel,” said West Sioux Coach Ryan Schwiesow. Hummel got the start at quarterback because Rivera was ill.
Negaard, a junior, was the key cog for the Falcons all night. He finished with 130 yards in 16 carries. Hummel had 32 carries in nine tries. Mario Topete had 25 carries in six attempts. Hummel was 6-of-9 for 69 yards passing.
“They let us throw at will early but made adjustments. With the triple option, you have to have a horse and we identified our horse in Negaard,” said Schwiesow.
On a wear-pink night for Breast Cancer awareness the Falcons started well, shaking off an early 8-0 deficit and jumped to a 21-8 lead at halftime. Rivera scored from six yards out following a 30-yard run by Negaard early in the third quarter. The Point After Touchdown was missed and it was a 27-8 lead.
A blocked punt set up the Wildcats’ second score, a short pass for a 27-14 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. The West Sioux defense was up to the challenge all night and the Wildcats did not seriously threaten after that.
“The defense did a great job. Trevor Ericson, Ricardo Rodriguez and Logan Van Noort all had nice plays. We just want to get better every practice, every down and every week. We’ll let the chips fall were they may,” said Schwiesow.
Woodbury Central took the early lead at 8-0 on a 72-yard touchdown run by Schuller Rilling. Quarterback Lane Nichols tossed to Rilling for the two-point conversion in the first quarter. Woodbury Central dropped to 1-6 overall, 1-4 in district games.
In the end the Falcons’ folks in pink got to ring their victory bell.
The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals (2-5, 0-5 district record) are next in Sibley for West Sioux. They are coming off a 19-3 loss to Hinton.
With West Lyon, Lawton-Bronson and Hinton all but assured playoff spots that leaves Akron-Westfield (4-3, 2-3 district), and Alta-Aurelia (2-4, 2-3 district) and the Falcons vying for the final spot in the last two weeks. West Sioux concludes the regular season by hosting Alta-Aurelia at 7 p.m., Oct. 25.
West Sioux statistics
The Falcons had 15 first downs. They rushed 29 times for 245 yards and three touchdowns. WS had 11 passes for 69 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Hummel had nine throws with one interception; Rivera had two with no completions and one interception. The Falcons had two punts by Van Noort for 22 yards with one blocked.
Leading rushers were Hummel, nine attempts for 32 yards with one touchdown; Rivera had eight carries for 58 yards; Mario Topete had six carries for 25 yards; and Negaard had 16 carries for 130 yards.
In receiving, Rivera had three catches for 28 yards with one touchdown; Negaard had two catches for 19 yards; and Mason Ericson had one catch for 22 yards.
West Sioux had two fumbles, and both were recovered by the Wildcats.
The defensive leaders were Trevor Ericson with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack; Negaard had six total tackles and one fumble recovery; Rivera had three total tackles and one interception; Mario Topete had four total tackles and one sack; Mason Ericson had four total tackles and one sack; Van Noort had four total tackles and one sack; and Dalton Waterman had two total tackles and one sack.