Lynx solve Mason City to move on
WEBSTER CITY — A slow start followed by a back-and-forth third quarter left Webster City trailing to Mason City on the scoreboard.
That all changed in the fourth quarter, as the Lynx scored 21 straight to take control on their way to a 41-29 victory here Friday night.
Chase Rattenborg accounted for two of those scores in the quarter and Connor Hanson the other as Webster City (8-0 overall) prevailed despite losing all-state running back and linebacker Trey Mathis early to an injury.
Earlier this year, the Lynx dominated against the Mohawks, leading 22-0 after the first on their way to winning 42-7.
But this time, it was Mason City ahead after 12 minutes with a 3-0 advantage.
Rattenborg erased that with a 37-yard touchdown run midway through the second, scoring on a fourth-down play.
In the third, the Mohawks took a 10-7 lead before Rattenborg went 33 yards on another touchdown. Again, Mason City answered, regaining control with a score of its own.
CJ Hisler changed that quickly, darting his way to a 99-yard kickoff return for the fourth touchdown in the contest within four minutes of game action in the third.
Following a misplayed snap on a punt, the Mohawks punched in a score behind Connor Dalan to go up 23-20 and finish off a wild 33-point quarter.
Rattenborg and the defense took over from there. On a fourth-and-2 play, Rattenborg hit Tyler Olson for a 17-yard score and he picked off a pass on the next drive, returning it back for a score.
Hanson made it 41-23 with a rushing score.
Rattenborg finished with four total touchdowns on the night, rushing for 126 yards. Hanson added 116 as part of a 300-yard effort on the ground.
The Lynx defense recorded four sacks with Rattenborg, Devon Stoakes, Kyzer Stanley and Jamin Stuhr each getting one.