Despite a furious fourth quarter comeback, the Dallas Center-Grimes football team fell in their home finale by a 35-21 final.
Coming into the game, Mustang head coach Scott Heitland and his team had a focus on limiting the Webster City rushing attack but despite their best efforts, the Lynx broke through for 453 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. In total, the Lynx but up 504 yards of offense compared to 209 total yards for DC-G. The Mustangs had to make the most of their opportunities due to the Webster City rushing attack aiding in 29 minutes of ball possession for the Lynx. For the most part, DC-G did that with two offensive scores and a lengthy pick-six on defense.
Webster City pounced early with two trips to the end-zone in the first quarter alone. Both scores came around the DC-G 40 yard line and gave the Lynx a 14-0 advantage heading into the second quarter. After the Mustangs recovered a Lynx fumble on their own 15, sophomore back Zach Brand punched it in from six yards out to initiate the second quarter scoring. Unfortunately, as has been the case most of the season, the Mustangs saw their opponent answer on the very next drive as the Lynx traveled sixty yards to collect their third score of the game with six minutes left before the half.
Both teams fell short of the end-zone in the third quarter which gave way to what would be an offensive showcase of a fourth quarter. The Mustang defense went above and beyond the call of duty just twenty seconds into the fourth quarter when senior Rowan Collins picked off a Dylan Steen pass and journeyed 80 yards for DC-G’s first defensive score of the season. That put a tie game within reach for the Mustangs who trailed 21-14 midway through the final frame. After Webster City increased their lead 28-14, Dallas Center-Grimes answered right back on a 35 yard touchdown strike from sophomore quarterback Ty Walker to Rudy Stallman, bringing the game to a 28-21 score in favor of the Lynx.
Unfortunately from there, the offense couldn’t connect on another score while Webster City did, and the Mustangs ended up dropping their seventh game of the season 35-21.
It was a mixed bag of outcomes for sophomore quarterback Ty Walker as he did connect on nine of nineteen passing for 112 yards but did toss five interceptions on the night. Zach Brand had 22 carries on the night and led the Mustangs on the ground with 79 yards and one score. Isaac Boley was the most frequent recipient of Ty Walker passes, hauling in five receptions for 55 yards.
The loss drops the Mustangs to 1-7 on the year while the Lynx brings their record up to 4-4. Dallas Center-Grimes will seek to grab one last win when they travel to Carroll on Friday, October 19 to take on the Tigers.