Lynx, Bears eye semis
The road to Cedar Falls and the UNI-Dome travels through Algona and Webster City tonight with quarterfinal round action in the state football playoffs.
No. 4 Bishop Garrigan hosts West Hancock in Class A, while the sixth-ranked Lynx welcome district rival Boone.
Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.
Bishop Garrigan (10-0 overall) had no trouble in the first round last week, crushing Earlham, 37-6. They have not allowed more than seven points in a game just once this year – a Week 2 win over 2A playoff qualifier Southeast Valley.
Senior Gibson Behr anchors the high-volume offense, having rushed for 1,229 yards and 18 touchdowns. Max Patkins has 521 yards and eight scores, while sophomore quarterback Brad Capesius is completing 55 percent of his throws for 829 yards and nine TDs.
Joel Vaske has 26 catches and 490 yards, with Behr adding another 173 and two scores. Behr also has three punt returns for touchdowns and has returned an interception for a score.
The Golden Bear defense, which has allowed six points a game, is led by seniors Chase Winkel and Grant Buscherfeld.
West Hancock (8-2) has dropped two games by a combined 11 points to No. 1 Saint Ansgar and Garner-Hayfeld/Ventura. They have scored 40-plus points six times and gone over 60 three times.
Jordan Wieland and Colton Francis are one of the top rushing tandems in the state, as Wieland has 1,321 yards and Francis 1,113. They have scored 36 times on the ground.
Much like the Eagles, Webster City (9-1) is a ground-oriented unit. Behind Bob Howard, the Lynx have rushed for 3,740 yards – second-most in the state. That includes 1,586 for Robert Frederiksen. The senior also has 20 rushing touchdowns.
Payton Kannuan and Drew Fielder provide strong second and third options, racking up over 1,400 yards and 16 scores.
Caleb Olson, just a sophomore, has 65 tackles, while Cole Briese has recorded six sacks. The Lynx have 20 sacks as a team and 38 tackles for loss.
Webster City’s only loss came to Gilbert in the third week of the season, 31-25. They have outscored the last seven opponents 266-58.
That includes a 21-14 Week 9 win over the Toreadors, a game in which Frederiksen had 118 yards on 35 carries.
Boone (8-2) is the polar opposite of Webster City on offense, as quarterback Tanner Schminke is the workhorse. The senior has completed 110 of 218 for 1,628 yards with 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions, and is also the top rusher with 979 yards and 15 TDs.
Mason Hulse is his favorite target, hauling in 36 passes for 531 yards. Kade Morain has 35 receptions and Jon Herrick 28 with over 900 yards combined.
Schminke passed for 239 yards but was just 10-for-28 vs. the Lynx, while also being held to 35 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Awaiting the Webster City/Boone winner will be 10th-ranked Glenwood or No. 3 Carroll next Thursday night in the semifinals. If Bishop Garrigan advances, they face either No. 7 West Sioux or No. 3 Council Bluffs St. Albert on Nov. 11.