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Wildcats take storm interrupted contest

Thursday, September 21, 2006

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River Valley first-year varsity football coach Kent Bass leads his Wolverines on to the field in recent football action in Correctionville. The Wolverines fell to undefeated Woodbury Central Saturday night in Correctionville. Photo by Paul Struck.
CORRECTIONVILLE - Playing what their coach Kent Bass called "The best 24 minutes of football (we've played) so far this season," River Valley had three take-aways in the first half against Woodbury Central Friday night at Correctionville, and were tied with the Wildcats 0-0 at halftime.

Then came the rain and lightning, leading to a 20-hour interruption. When the game resumed on Saturday night , Coach Bass said the Wolverines "never got (their) intensity level up, and simply got out-played. It was definitely a tale of two halves."

The final score of the game was Woodbury Central 22, River Valley 0.

The undefeated Woodbury Central team was led by Seth Lloyd, who carried the ball 29 times for 129 yards and all three Wildcat touchdowns. Quarterback Jeremy Rogers completed eight of his 20 pass attempts for 147 yards.

River Valley's ground attack was led by Tyler Clark (17 carries, 54 yards), Pat Brinkman (4-31) and Ethan Byers (12-22). Clark, Brinkman, and Byers were also the leading tacklers for the Wolverines with 13,10, and eight tackles, respectively (including assists).

In summary, coach Bass said, "We finally played the physical style of football that I've been looking for all season. No question that Woodbury Central was not ready for us to be as physical as we were. Our defensive game plan was as good as it could get, and we felt comfortable that we understood what Woodbury Central was going to try to accomplish."

"We can always play 'what if' games about a situation like this," said Bass. " What if we finish the game Friday night instead of Saturday? Do we win? Who knows - but I definitely like our chances with the emotion we were playing with Friday night. But it didn't happen. Woodbury Central executed Saturday night and we didn't. I tip my hat, they are a very good football team."

River Valley plays at LeMars Friday night against the Gehlen Jays in 1A district action.



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