It was a Goliath vs Goliath battle in Council Bluffs Friday, Nov. 8 as arguably Class 3A’s best offense in Lewis Central battled arguably Class 3A’s best defense in Dallas Center-Grimes.
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, despite another fantastic defensive outing, the offense couldn’t find the end-zone and concluded their season with a 12-0 loss to the host Titans. The DC-G defense certainly did their part holding Lewis Central under their yards per game average, something very few teams have been able to accomplish all season. With that said, the Titans did edge out the Mustangs in total offense with 327 yards gained compared to 208 total yards for Dallas Center-Grimes. Offensively, it was a battle between the air and the ground with DC-G winning the aerial battle with 96 passing yards while Lewis Central won the ground battle with 310 yards, the most rushing yards given up by the Mustangs this season.
The low scoring affair kicked off right away in the first quarter. Lewis Central kicker Zachary Shudak connected on a 42-yard field goal with 7:25 left in the opening quarter for a 3-0 lead. That lead then doubled with 1:35 left in the quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Shudak. From then on scoring would be extremely light as both teams entered the halftime break with a 6-0 Lewis Central lead. It seemed as though the score might even up or stay a six-point Titan lead until late in the final quarter. Despite a fourth-quarter turnover, Lewis Central was given prime real estate to work with after Dallas Center-Grimes failed to convert on fourth down with just over two minutes remaining in the game. From 14 yards out, the host Titans solidified the game with a nine-yard score to put them up over the Mustangs 12-0 with 1:37 left to play. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they just weren’t able to find the endzone from there and had their season conclude with a 12-0 loss.
The supreme defensive performance is worth noting yet again as they forced four Lewis Central turnovers including three fumbles and one interception. The Mustang defense will now finish second in Class 3A with 17 total interceptions on the season.
Offensively, the junior Ty Walker battled a tough Lewis Central defense with 96 yards passing on 13 completions while suffering one interception. In his last gridiron game as a junior, Zach Brand totaled 100 yards on 25 carries. Senior Isaac Boley led the way in receiving with 52 yards on six receptions. Senior Jacob Waldron paced the Mustang defense in total tackles with 9.5 complete with two tackles for a loss.
The loss, unfortunately, brings an end to what has been an amazing season. Out of the 29 teams, two earn just one win a year ago, the Mustangs are one of just three to earn a winning record and the only team of the group to make the postseason. The Mustangs conclude their season with a 9-2 overall record.