CEDAR RAPIDS – It must be kismet.
The East Buchanan football team beat Wapsie Valley, 12-0, on Friday night in a Class A football playoff quarterfinal at Winthrop.
This will only be the Buccaneers’ third trip to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls for the semifinals, their first in 25 years. East Buchanan lost to West Bend-Mallard, 36-13, in 1996.
One of the players on that Bucs team was a tall youngster, a sophomore named Robert Gallery. Of course, he continued to play at the University of Iowa, won the Outland Trophy as the country’s best lineman, was selected second overall by the Oakland Raiders in the draft of the NFL in 2004 and played 104 league games before retiring.
Now let’s move on to the kismet part. As it turns out, Gallery is a member of the 2021 class of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame.
It all seems meant to be.
âIt’s been a long time. Our kids are thrilled,” said East Buchanan coach Jerry Alden. “We always tell them to soak up everything, to enjoy the moment, because these nights don’t come very often. We’re going to kind of take advantage of the moment and get back to work.
East Buchanan (10-1) will face first West Hancock (11-0) in the semi-final Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Dome. Alden was already watching a video of his team’s opponent hours after EB’s big win on Friday night.
He noted how very similar the teams are in their offensive philosophies. It’s power football to the end, races, races and more races.
West Hancock, who won the 2019 Class A title, has traveled just over 3,500 yards this season. The same goes for East Buchanan.
âWe kind of knew where we were going to be ranked and who we were going to have if we win,â said Alden, referring to how the coaches voted for all eight quarter-final teams earlier in the week. âWe kind of had the idea to face West Hancock and it will be a tough game. We will have to take it up a notch. They are a phenomenal team, a powerful football team like us. So if you come to the Dome to see a soccer ball in the air, you probably won’t see it in our game on Thursday. “
East Buchanan managed to stifle Wapsie Valley’s running game, keeping him just 57 yards down. The Buccaneers also intercepted three passes from the Warriors.
Offensively, EB attempted a pass, and it was incomplete. Running back Adam Hackett ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, breaking the school’s rushing record in a single season.
He has 1,723. The presence of seniors Hackett and quarterback Keaton Kelly has made the difference for this team, who posted a 3-6 record last season when both did not play due to injuries. .
âThe kids just played well,â Alden said. âThey have played really well the past three weeks. “
One-winged teams beaten in the quarter-finals
Friday night’s quarterfinal round was not favorable to teams employing the single-wing single offense.
Webster City lost to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 24-13, in Class 4A. Cedar Rapids Prairie lost a 5A quarterfinal to Ankeny, 37-7. In Class 1A, Sigourney-Keota lost to Dike-New Hartford, 38-14.
Of course, there is no correlation between losses and the use of the single wing. It’s just the way it worked.
Jacob Stockdale threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns for Dike-New Hartford in this titanic team battle that came in 10-0. Devon Kollasch caught five passes from Stockdale for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Other Iowa High School Football Quarterfinals Information
- Winterset rallied to beat Decorah in the 4A, 28-19 quarterfinals. The Vikings, who shocked No.1 North Scott in the first round last week, led after three quarters, 19-14. Dawson Forgy had 268 rushing yards and four touchdowns for Winterset.
- Quarterback Caden Matson continued his monster season for Humboldt throwing for 122 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 233 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Independence in Class 3A. Matson threw and ran for 3,984 yards and 47 touchdowns in 11 games.
- Pat Hennessy and Lincoln Snitker totaled 398 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Waukon’s 28-14 win over North Fayette Valley in 2A.
- Joining Gallery in the 2021 Hall of Fame class are Bill Albright (Madrid), Levi Ferguson (North Mahaska), Terry Lambert (Perry), Bret Meyer (Atlantic, Iowa State) and Dan McCarney (Iowa City High, former head coach of Iowa State, Iowa assistant coach). The 2020 class will also be presented during the championship on Friday, November 19, a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are Ryan Hannam (Saint Ansgar, UNI, Seattle Seahawks of the NFL), Mike Klinkenborg (Central Lyon, Iowa), Jeff Koeppel (Urbandale, Iowa), Darin Naatjes (West Lyon, Stanford) and Kevin Sanger (Britt ).
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