By Steve Peterson
The playoff football game had long been decided but the play showed what West Sioux High School meant by their “Blue Collar, Red Swagger” motto this year.
Bishop Garrigan’s Brayton Loss had recovered a fumble at his team’s own 25-yard-line. He sprinted down his team’s sideline and the senior appeared headed for another touchdown. But West Sioux’s Alberto Campo had other ideas. Starting from his secondary spot, he chased Loss down at the West Sioux 11-yard line, preventing a touchdown.
“You have a lot to be proud of,” said West Sioux Head Coach Ryan Schwiesow, following a 48-21 loss to Bishop Garrigan of Algona in the playoff’s first round Oct. 30. The Falcons finished with a 4-6 record.
West Sioux’s night started when Garrigan senior defensive lineman Neal Koob swatted a pass away for a two-yard interception for a touchdown.
It was 14-0 when West Sioux, thanks to a long kickoff return by Mario Topete, scored on a 30-yard touchdown run by Mario Topete, who ended with 130 yards in 13 carries and two touchdowns, one on a pass from Porter Hummel for 20 yards.
Garrigan, 8-2 record and Class A, District No. 2 champions, built up a 42-7 lead by the second half. The game was played in a downpour to a drizzle but constant rain.
For the Falcons, who scored the most points on Garrigan’s defense this year, senior quarterback Jesus Rivera had 55 yards in 13 carries rushing. Sophomore Kezden Blankenship had one touchdown on a two-yard run.
WS was limited in passing due to the wet conditions but finished 4-of-9 total for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively for the Falcons, sophomore Justin Negaard had 10 total tackles, Mario Topete added six total tackles, while senior Ricardo Rodriguez had five total tackles.
After the contest, the Falcons’ seniors, Logan Van Noort; Mitch Schlumbohm; Rivera; Misael Topete; Dalton Waterman; and Rodriguez all accepted hugs from the other team members and coaches.
West Sioux filled its stands and two buses for the three-hour trip on a Wednesday night.
First State Bank of Hawarden provided the two pep charter buses while Peoples Bank provided the team charter bus.
Pep rally held
“I remember the turning point of our season. It was on Sept. 23. We had just lost to West Lyon (40-14) and were 0-4 record. But we came in and had the best weight lifting session of the season. It showed we weren’t going to quit,” said Schwiesow.
The Falcons beat Akron-Westfield, 56-32, for a district win, their first of the season, and after a loss to Hinton won three straight games to qualify for the Class A playoffs for the district’s final spot.
“You guys (fans) make the difference. We hear you,” said Van Noort.
Assistant Coach Jerome Hoegh gave a speech in which he described what “Blue Collar, Red Swagger” meant.
“It’s about the work ethic of the football team. It’s not dependent on wins and losses or being confident or cocky; it’s your parents not having to be told to work to provide for you, or a student who gets an ‘A’ on a test not having to be told to get another ‘A’, or an athlete who comes into the weight room and doesn’t have to be told to,” said Hoegh.
For passing, Hummel was 4-of-6 completions for 54 yards and one touchdown; Rivera was 0-of-3 with two interceptions.
In rushing, Blankenship had one carry for four yards, average 4.0 yards and one touchdown.; Hummel had three carries for zero yards; Negaard had seven carries for six yards, average 0.9 yards; Rivera had 13 carries for 55 yards, average 4.2 yards per carry; Schlumbohm had three carries for zero yards; and Mario Topete had 13 carries for 130 yards, 10.0 average and one touchdown.
In receiving, Blankenship had one catch for 10 yards; Mason Ericson had one catch for 27 yards; Negaard had one catch for 15 yards; Mario Topete had one catch for two yards and a touchdown.
In scoring, Blankenship had six points, all rushing; Mason Ericson had a two-point conversion; Mario Topete had 13 points, six on rushing and receiving and one Point-After Touchdown.
For defense, Blankenship had three total tackles; Campo had one total tackle; Jonathan Duenas had one total tackle; Mason Ericson had four total tackles; Trever Ericson had two total tackles, one solo tackle for loss and one assist tackle for loss; Hummel had one total tackle; Negaard had 10 total tackles, two assist tackles for loss; Andrew Renken had two total tackles; Rivera had three total tackles; Rodriguez had five total tackles; Schlumbohm had one total tackle; Mario Topete had six total tackles and one assisted tackle for loss; Justin Van Ballegooyen had one total tackle; Van Noort had four total tackles; and Waterman had one total tackle.
In Point After Touchdowns, Mario Topete was 1-of-1.
In kickoffs, Mario Topete had four for 162 total yards.
Van Noort had two punts for 49 total yards, 24.5 average.
For kickoff returns, Ocampo had four for four yards; Trever Ericson had two for two yards; Mario Topete had two for 86 yards; Van Noort had five for five yards.
In punt returns, Hummel had one for 10 yards.
WS Season Results
Record 4-6 overall, 4-3 Class A, District No. 1:
South O’Brien, L, 37-7; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, L, 42-0; Lawton-Bronson, L, 47-30; West Lyon, L, 40-14; Akron-Westfield, W, 56-32; Hinton, L, 48-14; Woodbury Central, W, 27-14; Sibley-Ocheyedan, W, 30-13; Alta-Aurelia, W, 36-13; Bishop Garrigan of Algona, L, 48-21 in playoffs’ first round.