Headed to the Dome
ALGONA — The Algona football team made sure there would be no tears of disappointment to end this season.
Only ones of joy and excitement.
The third-ranked Bulldogs punched their spot into the Class 2A semifinals with a physically dominating 48-15 victory over Greene County here Friday night.
Algona (11-0 overall) will face OABCIG Saturday inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls at 4 p.m. The Falcons knocked off defending champion Monroe-PCM, 48-20.
The other semifinal will feature Waukon meeting Williamsburg after Williamsburg upset Clear Lake, 35-21. Waukon advanced with a 32-12 win over West Liberty.
Wyatt Wegener scored the final three touchdowns of the night, with Elliott Berkland, Garrett Schmidt, Sammonte Bawden and Quelub Heidelberg adding rushing scores for a run-first, run-second and run-third offense on the night.
As a team, Algona ran the ball 49 times for 415 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Bawden had 144 yards on 12 carries, Wegener added 103, Berkland accounted for 62 and Schmidt 61.
“It means a lot for us to make it there and for the community,” Wegener said. “But we have a lot of work we still have to do.”
Last year, the Bulldogs reached the quarterfinals before falling to Waukon, 24-21. They previously reached the semis in 1984, falling to Harlan.
“This was one of the goals and we congratulated them after it,” Algona head coach Andy Jacobson said. “But they have more goals and I think they all know that it is time to get back to work and focus on getting better.”
Berkland got Algona on the board first with a 57-yard run on the third play of the game. Later in the opening quarter, Schmidt found the end zone from 22 yards out, with Bawden making it 21-0 on a TD run.
A Noah Kleier blocked punt set up the first Wegener touchdown, pushing the Bulldog advantage to 28-0 early in the second.
Wegener scored again in the third and added one more final touchdown to give him 23 rushing TDs on the year.
“Greene County is a very good football team,” Jacobson said. “We came out and started off fast. The kids played really well.”
Algona finished this season with seven victories on its home field, including two in the postseason. They scored over 34 points in all 11 games, and held teams to single digits six times.
Cole Lewis had a sack on defense and Isaac Schonert knocked in all six of his extra-point attempts for the Bulldogs.
Greene County, which won its first-ever playoff game as a consolidated school, finished the year 9-2. The Rams are coached by Prairie Valley graduate Caden Duncan, with Cole Jaeschke — also an ex-Prairie Valley standout — an assistant.
Brent Riley had a pair of touchdown passes for Greene County, hitting Nick Breon and William Hansen. Riley finished 19-for-29 passing for 115 yards, with Colby Kafer running for 132 yards.