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West Sioux’s Championship run falls short in finals

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:45 PM CST
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CEDAR FALLS, IA (KTIV) - Sometimes it just is not your day. No matter the amount of effort you put in, or the amount of plays you make, sometimes the ball just does not roll your way.

That’s what happened to the West Sioux Falcons in their championship game against the Van Meter Bulldogs.

The game started out as your typical Iowa high school game between two worthy competitive teams. Van Meter put the first points on the board when late in the first quarter Jack Pettit hit Chris Schreck from 17 yards out for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.

Van Meter would add seven more in the second when a 9 play 70-yard drive was capped off with a Pettit QB sneak into the endzone to make it a 14-0 ballgame.

The Falcons would not go down without a fight though. Late in the first half, the Falcons went up their sleeve for a trick play when Blake Van Ballegooyen took a toss and then threw to Carter Bultmann in the endzone to cut the score to 14-7 at the half.

In the fourth quarter, Van meter capped off a 14 play drive with a field goal to make it 17-7. the Falcons would put 7 more on the board as Dylan Wiggins connected with Brady Lynott for the 31-yard touchdown to make it 17-14. But it would be too little too late as West Sioux Falls just short in the championship game 17-14.

“It was definitely a battle and I gotta give a lot of credit to the seniors,” said junior Dylan Wiggins. “They were there since the beginning and they brought us here and showed us what to do. They’re definitely a big part of this year and our success. I gotta give a lot of credit to them.”

“I’ve coached these guys since they’ve been eight years old. My son is in this class. I love these guys like they’re my own kids. I get on them like they’re my own kids a lot of times too but I love these guys,” said head coach Ryan Schwiesow. “I heard a coach say once that the greatest two things you can be called in your life is coach and dad and I’ve been fortunate enough to do that with both on the same day so that’s pretty special for me.”

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