Turnovers Too Much as Woodbury Central Falls Short in Semifinal Matchup

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:26 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 6:43 PM CST
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CEDAR FALLS, IA (KTIV) - It was day two of the Iowa High School State Football Semifinals when the Woodbury Central Wildcats took on the Grundy Center Trojans.

The Wildcats were looking to make it past the semifinals for the second time in three years. While, Grundy Center was looking to go to their third straight championship game.

The game started slow with neither team scoring in the first quarter making those in the stands believe they were in for a tough defensive battle.

Then in the second quarter Grundy Center took advantage of good field position after an interception and scored on a 1 yard run from Logan Knaack to go up 7-0. Then late in the second quarter Grundy Centers Dayne Zinkula intercepted a pass and took it 88 yards to the house to make it 14-0 Spartans.

Grundy continued their run of unanswered points in the third putting up another touchdown on a 19 yard pass from Knaack to Colin Gordan to go up 21-0. Before scoring again in the third this time on a Knaack 8 yard run to make it a 28-0 ballgame.

Woodbury Central did scratch one across in the fourth when Dallas Kluender connected with Kaleb Bleil for a 15 yard touchdown pass to make it 28-7. But, it would be too little to late as Grundy Center would pick up the victory 28-7.

“We didn’t help ourselves out at times getting down on their side of the field and we kind of hurt ourselves,” said head coach Kurt Bremer. “But I can’t say enough for what my team tried to do here tonight. They did everything I asked of them all year long and I am exceptionally proud of them.”

“Winning double-digit games is amazing in any sport. 10-2 is nothing to hang your head about and I’m just so proud of our guys and it was such a fun journey,” said senior Dallas Kluender. “I’ll make sure I take into accountability of everything that happened throughout this whole year and just embrace it all in because it was a lot of fun.”

Woodbury Central finishes their season at 10-2.

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