CEDAR FALLS — In a battle that featured two groups led by future Hawkeye soccer gamers, Zach Lutmer’s Central Lyon group muscled by means of Derek Weisskopf’s Williamsburg Raiders within the Class 2A state championship sport.
The Lions capped an ideal 13-0 season with a 10-6 win over Williamsburg on Friday morning on the UNI-Dome. Lutmer, like he has every of the final three years, performed a starring function, speeding for 140 yards and throwing for one more 85 to offer Central Lyon its fourth state soccer title, and first since 2006.
What started as a defensive rock battle rapidly morphed right into a dominant sport of ball management by Central Lyon. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions marched 86 yards in 18 performs that ate up the ultimate 9 minutes, 21 seconds of the primary half and ended with a 22-yard subject purpose to offer the Lions a 3-0 halftime lead.
Then the Lions opened the third quarter with a 15-play, 90-yard drive that ended with Lutmer hitting Reece Vander Zee for a 30-yard landing for a 10-0 lead. After the Lions mustered simply 24 yards on their first 13 performs, they racked up 176 on their subsequent 33 and melted a mixed 18:21 off the sport clock within the course of.
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Williamsburg struck quick in response, with a three-play, 69-yard drive to shut inside 10-6. Rayce Heitman rushed for 4 yards, then hauled in back-to-back receptions, for 31 yards and 34 yards, respectively. The latter went for a landing, giving the Raiders life late within the third quarter.
That life didn’t final. Due to Central Lyon’s ball-control offense, Williamsburg ran simply 26 offensive performs all sport, whereas Central Lyon ran 65 for 285 whole yards, together with 200 on the bottom. Weisskopf, who hauled in eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Williamsburg’s 31-7 semifinal win over Dubuque Wahlert, didn’t report any offensive stats in opposition to Central Lyon, usually drawing Lutmer or Vander Zee as his major defenders.
Defensively, Weisskopf did all he might to maintain Williamsburg within the sport. He led all gamers with 10.5 tackles. However Central Lyon’s bruising offensive line, which averages 6-foot-3 and 247 kilos throughout the trenches, was an excessive amount of for the Raiders, who finish the 12 months 12-1 general.
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Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and highschool sports activities for the Des Moines Register. Comply with him on Twitter at@codygoodwin.