BGM (BROOKLYN) 35, WAPSIE VALLEY (FAIRBANK) 10
Cedar Falls, Ia. — Revenge was in the works since the final whistle of last season’s loss in the Class A semifinals.
Thursday morning at the UNI-Dome was BGM of Brooklyn’s time to strike back.
The Bears got their rematch with Wapsie Valley of Fairbank and gave the defending champions nowhere to run, bruising to a 35-10 semifinal win and securing their first ever championship appearance.
“They pretty much pounded us last year, but we used that as motivation to help us get to where we are right now,” BGM senior Kyle Gritsch said.
The Warriors (12-1) were riding a 26-game win streak and were one of five teams in the state to rush for 4,000 yards this season. BGM’s defense made sure they were completely trapped, with Wapsie Valley rushing 33 times for negative-six yards and trailing 28-3 by halftime.
“Our linebackers weren’t getting blocked much today and when they’re running aroun making plays, we’re at our best,” BGM coach Jerod Burns said. “In my opinion, they’re the best in the state.”
Shifty senior Jack Kline led BGM (13-0) offensively, with tight blocking helping him in space.
Kline would cut once to find a hole that Wapsie Valley’s offense couldn’t create and its defense couldn’t stop, and sprint up the UNI-Dome turf.
He rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and had seven receptions for 65 yards.
“We knew it was going to be tough, but up front we dominated and played outstanding,” Gritsch said.
Gritsch rushed for two touchdowns and caught another.
Wapsie Valley won last year’s semifinal meeting 40-18, but between quarterback Ryan Miller taking four sacks and BGM taking a permanent lead on a quick opening drive, there would be no repeat.
“We got beat by a better football team last year,” Burns said. “This has been a season of firsts. Everything this team does, we’re rewriting history for our school. This is just another step. Last year we came up and were happy to be here, but we’re really going to emphasize that we’re here to win.”
BGM will play West Lyon (12-0) in the championship game at 1:35 p.m. on Nov. 21.
BGM…14 14 0 7–35
Wapsie Valley…3 0 0 7–10
BGM–Kline 29 run (Gritsch kick)
WV–FG Wheeler 30
BGM–Gritsch 9 pass from Kriegel (Gritsch kick)
BGM–Williams 1 run (Gritsch kick)
BGM–Gritsch 1 run (Gritsch kick)
BGM–Gritsch 22 run (Gritsch kick)
WV–Trotter 4 pass from Miller (Wheeler kick)
Rushing–BGM: Kline 19-118, Gritsch 11-51; Wapsie Valley: Kleitsch 16-23, S. Kane 5-2.
Passing– BGM: 11-14-0-147; Wapsie Valley: Miller 6-11-0-162.
Receiving– BGM: Kline 7-65, Gritsch 2-43, Ryan 1-16; Wapsie Valley: S. Kane 3-112, G. Kane 1-42, Trotter 2-8.
WEST LYON 63, AHST (AVOCA) 21
Cedar Falls, Ia. — Pounding AHST of Avoca and the UNI-Dome turf for 484 rushing yards, West Lyon punch a ticket to its sixth state championship game with a 63-21 win in Thursday’s Class A semifinals.
Six different Wildcats rushed into the end zone, led by Brandon Snyder and Kaleb Heyer’s combined 336 yards on the ground.
“We wanted to establish that we’re a smash-mouth football team,” Snyder said. “We were supposed to be here last year but we weren’t. We worked hard and we want people to know that we’re here for a reason.”
The physical mismatch pushed West Lyon to its reserves after halftime and forced AHST to its third string quarterback. Before halftime, the Vikings (12-1) managed just 44 yards of offense — 46 coming on a first quarter touchdown pass — while West Lyon (13-0) packed in 410 rushing yards and 50 points.
Similar offensive systems were left running at very different abilities.
“We came out of the gate and hit them in the mouth early and it set the tone for the rest of the game,” Snyder said. “They had some big injuries to great players and that limited what they could do. We just took advantage.”
Austin Fink scored AHST’s final two touchdowns, returning a kickoff and scrambling in as the desperation quarterback due to injury.
West Lyon won its last state title in Class 1-A in 2010. The Wildcats will enter Thursday’s title game against BGM of Brookyln coming off a dominant and quick running clock performance.
Kickoff for the Class A championship game is set for 1:36 p.m.
AHST…7 7 0 7–21
West Lyon…22 28 13 0–63
WL–Snyder 16 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Feuchtenberger 2 run (Heyer run)
AHST–Whyte 46 pass from Herbst (Jacobsen kick)
WL–Heyer 69 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Snyder 30 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Snyder 64 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Moser 10 run (Snyder kick)
AHST–Fink 79 kickoff return (Jacobsen kick)
WL–Snyder 57 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Knobloch 10 run (Snyder kick)
WL–Meester 1 run (run failed)
AHST–Fink 3 run (Jacobsen kick)
Rushing–AHST: ; West Lyon: Snyder 6-185, Heyer 10-151, Feuchtenberger 9-57.
Passing– AHST: Herbst 1-1-0-46, Fink 1-3-0-3; West Lyon: Snyder 0-4-1-0.
Receiving– AHST: Whyte 1-46; West Lyon: None.