The 2016 high school football season came to an end Friday night for the three remaining area schools that qualified for the playoffs.
8th ranked West Delaware lost their first home game since the end of the 2012 season as they were upset by wild card qualifier Waverly-Shell Rock 28-14. In the game the Hawks jumped on the scoreboard first on a one yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Tanner Wessels early in the second quarter, but Waverly-Shell Rock scored 21 unanswered points and led 21-7 going into the fourth quarter. Wessels recorded his second touchdown from eight yards out just 13 seconds into the fourth to cut the lead to seven but that is as close as the Hawks would get as the Go-Hawks added a late score and move on the quarterfinal round where they will face Cedar Rapids Xavier this Friday night. West Delaware head coach Doug Winkowitsch says the team couldn’t find the consistency they needed but gives credit to Waverly-Shell Rock:
18 West Delaware seniors played their final game in a Hawk uniform and Winkowitsch was very proud of the way this group progressed after winning only two games in their freshman season:
With the loss in their 22nd playoff appearance in school history West Delaware now has an all-time postseason record of 28-21.
The 5th ranked East Buchanan football team was upset by Lisbon 31-20 Friday night in a re-match from week five, a game the Buccaneers won 44-20 in Winthrop. Lisbon will move on to face top ranked Saint Ansgar in the quarterfinal round while East Buchanan falls to 7-17 in 17 playoff appearances and will say to good bye to seven seniors from this year’s team.
IN CEDAR RAPIDS-
It was a back and forth battle at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids as Western Dubuque gave 4th ranked Cedar Rapids Washington all they could handle, but it was Washington who came away with a 35-21 win to move on to the quarterfinals where they will take on Iowa City, City High. 20 Bobcats played in their final game as their playoff record falls to 8-12 in 13 appearances.