Depleted Devils fall to Orioles

Depleted Devils fall to Orioles

By Jerry Wadian
Contributing Writer

It was a depleted band of West Central football players who made the trip to district-leading Springville Friday, Oct. 18.

Between injuries and illness, there were a number of different faces in the lineup from the first game of the season as third-ranked Springville beat the Blue Devils, 79-10.

With the loss, the Devils’ playoff chances evaporated. The best they can do is tie Central/Elkader, but the Warriors have the tiebreaker advantage based on head-to-head competition.

Friday, West Central took an early lead when Matt Langel broke through the line and tackled the Oriole runner in the end zone for a safety.

It took the hosts just under three minutes to regain the lead on a 30-yard run.

After that, the floodgates opened and Springville went into the halftime break with a 42-2 lead.

WC never quit, but the Orioles would tack on three more TDs before the Devils could get back on the board.

That came with 16 seconds left in the third quarter when James Niemann broke free and scampered 65 yards to the house. WC made the point-after conversion when Niemann threw the halfback option pass to Langel.

Offensively, West Central managed just five first downs and 151 total yards.

Niemann led the running game with 90 yards; Kaleb Kime and Sam Annis added 30 and 21 yards, respectively.

Kime was 2-5 passing for 12 yards with Chase Grimm and Langel making the receptions for four and eight yards, respectively.

Dalton Koch, Andrew Squires, Grimm and Niemann led the D with seven tackles apiece; Niemann had a team-high four solo tackles. Koch and Langel each had two solo tackles.

Kee High comes to Maynard this week for the final game of the season. Kee is currently 5-1 in the district and has secured the second seed in the playoffs.

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