The Western Dubuque Bobcats were on the road in Waverly, and fans were in for a slugfest.
Waverly-Shell Rock entered the night with a 7-2 record, and the Go-Hawks tied West Delaware for first in Class 3A District 4. Western Dubuque was 6-3, and the Bobcats finished in a 3-way tie with perennial powers Cedar Rapids Xavier and Solon.
W-SR fans were riled up. WD led off the game though, with Reid Hoefler coming right up the middle. 7-0 Bobcats.
W-SR answered, though, with a short field goal for 3.
It looked liked the Bobcats were going to run away with it, but the Go-Hawks' Tanner Krueger pulled off a big pick, running it back all the way to the end zone for a defensive touchdown. W-SR took the lead 10-7.
The boys in yellow kept it rolling in the first half. A big pass to Joe McNally brought them to the Bobcats' five, then Ryan Sprain came diving over the pile to score.
On the return kick, Ryan Yoder snuck through coverage to pick up big yards for Western Dubuque.
The Go-Hawks kept the pressure on. McNally pulled in a big pass under coverage, setting up Sprain for charge up the sideline. 24-7 WSR.
But the Bobcats were done yet. Nolan Baumhover threw it was up, and Andrew Meyer pulled it down in the back corner of the end zone.
Then, the kick-off bounced of a Waverly player's chest, and WD recovered deep. The momentum was short-lived, though. A would-be touchdown pass was picked off by Sprain at the goal line to end the first half 24-14 in favor of the Go-Hawks.
In the second half, the Bobcats put a few good drives together, but it wasn't meant to be.
Waverly-Shell Rock ended up coming out on top 31-28.