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Webster City takes down SB-L with late gamble, score

Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Troy Bannning Trey Mathis runs the ball for Webster City on Friday night.

WEBSTER CITY — Hall of Fame head coach Bob Howard has been around football all of his life, and on Friday night, he earned his 350th career victory with maybe his gutsiest play call to date.

With 5:15 left in a 21-21 contest, the Lynx had a fourth-and-3 from their own 27-yard. WCHS direct-snapped the ball to Trey Mathis, who then pitched the ball to Chase Rattenborg. The Lynx quarterback then hit Tyler Olson for 13 yards to keep the drive alive.

Webster City (9-0 overall) went on to score and advance to the quarterfinals with a 28-21 victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton (6-3). The Lynx will now host Boyden Hull/Rock Valley (7-2) who defeated Spencer.

The winning drive was capped off with Mathis’ third touchdown of the evening.

Webster City took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on one yard touchdown runs from Rattenborg and Mathis. Mathis’ second touchdown was set up after the Lynx converted on a fourth-and-seven and fourth-and-17 play. Mathis’ second touchdown was also a one-yard plunge.

Webster City rushed for 188 yards on 55 carries.

Mathis finished with 90 yards on 28 carries. CJ Hisler rushed for 65. Rattenborg was 7-for-10 passing for 113 yards. Rattenborg led and Skyler Scott led the defense with seven tackles each.

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