Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:38 AM CDT
Webster City's single wing offense, on paper, can appear easy to stop.
Paper, however, was not reality during Friday's Class 3A District Two football game.
Webster City's rushing offense churned out 367 yards and five touchdown as the Lynx picked up a 33-12 win over Charles City at Comet Field.
The Lynx picked up 66 of those yards on their second offensive play. Lynx quarterback Brent Nelson found a seam up the middle of the Comet defense and raced into the endzone untouched. The extra point gave the Lynx a 7-0 lead at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter.
"We said we had to be disciplined and do our jobs," said Charles City coach Steve Stallsmith. "They broke a big play right away and it kind of got us on our heels."
Webster City's score came on the heels of a Lynx defensive stand. Charles City took the opening drive all the way down to the Webster City 34-yard line. The Lynx, however, held the Comets on fourth down.
After its score, Webster City's defense forced the Comets to punt after three downs. The Lynx offense then steadily and methodically marched the ball 59 yards down the field over 12 plays. John Hill capped the drive on a 1-yard run on fourth and goal. Webster City led 14-0 at 1:36 of the first quarter following the extra point.
The Lynx's offensive execution would fluster the Comet defense all game long.
"It's a matter of executing," Stallsmith said. "What we had to do was everybody had to be disciplined and do their job and get off the ball, stay low. That's why football is the greatest game — you've got to have 11 people doing what they're suppose to do. On paper, its (Webster City's offense) easy (to defend), but you've still got to go out and execute. "That's the whole game of football is execution and getting things done. I wouldn't say the game plan was wrong. I would say that we didn't get them ready to play and we didn't execute what we're suppose to do"
Charles City found the scoreboard for the first time early in the second quarter. Bastian Metzdorf capped a drive with a 46-yard field, cutting Webster City's lead to 14-3 57 seconds into the second quarter.
The Comets held on the Lynx's ensuing drive. Charles City drove into field goal range, but the attempt was no good. Webster City led 14-3 at halftime.
Webster City took the second half kickoff, then proceeded to have the offense march right down the field. The Lynx moved the ball to the Comet 9. A procedure penalty gave Webster City first and goal at the Charles City 14.
Charles City's defense, in desperate need of some type of a big play, found it courtesy of Justin DeBower. The Comet junior recovered a fumble, the out ran everyone down the field for six points. Charles City cut Webster City's lead to 14-9 after a missed two-point conversion attempt.
Webster City's offense, though, promptly squelched any hope that Charles City might have changed the momentum on the ensuing offensive possession. The Lynx put together another solid drive, capped off when Hill bounded across the goal line from 2-yards out. Charles City blocked the extra point. Webster City's lead, however, increased to 20-9 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.
Charles City would not come any closer.
"That was a big play," Stallsmith said of DeBower's fumble return for a touchdown. "I thought it was going to spark us. Then, we couldn't sustain it on defense to make another big play. Defensively, we made a big play and it got us our boost and we didn't catch fire like we have in past games."
The Comets offense had a good drive going on its ensuing possession. Isaac Poolman broke through a seam in the Webster City defense and was off to the races. Webster City, however, like the rest of the evening, picked up a timely break. The last Lynx defender between Poolman and a touchdown poked the ball out as he was tackling Poolman. Webster City recovered at its own 43.
Kevin Kannuan found the end zone five plays later, scoring up the middle nearly untouched on a 17-yard run. The missed conversion try moved the score to 26-9 with 4:15 left in the third.
Charles City's passing offense worked well on the evening. Quarterback Josh Becker threw for 184 yards. A majority of those yards, however, came between the 30-yard lines. Becker finished with 15 completions on 33 attempts.
Webster City's final score came courtesy of a Hill 1-yard run with 6:47 left in the fourth quarter. The extra point moved the score to 33-9.
Charles City added a 42-yard Metzdorf field goal with 1:02 left.
The Comets tried, but could not recover the onside kick.
Stallsmith noted that the end of last Friday's game was key to setting the tone for this Friday's game.
"I told them 'We've got to finish this game like we want to start the next one'," Stallsmith said. "So, we had to drive down and score. We tried the onside and didn't get it."
Webster City's win gives Lynx the inside track second place in the district. The Lynx are 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the district. Webster City, though, does play Clear Lake in week nine.
Charles City (5-2, 3-2) closes out the home portion of the regular season this Friday hosting longtime Northeast Iowa Conference rival Waverly-Shell Rock. The Go-Hawks (2-5, 2-3) defeated Forest City 35-29 this past Friday in Waverly. Action is set to kickoff with the freshmen at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m. at Comet Field.
"We're looking at probably saying hte next two games are playoff games if we want to get there," Stallsmith said. "We've got to paly with a sense of urgency if we want to get there. The Go-Hawks are always tough. This year is no different. Every game we've seen, they've been playing hard and physical. We've got to make things happen in practice to make them happen in the game."
you've got to have 11 people doing what they're suppose to do. On paper, its (Webster City's offense) easy (to defend), but you've still got to go out and execute. "That's the whole game of football is execution and getting things done. I wouldn't say the game plan was wrong. I would say that we didn't get them ready to play and we didn't execute what we're suppose to do"