(Avoca) A-H-S-T will return to the Uni-Dome in Cedar Falls for the first time since 2005 after defeating Audubon 38-14 in a Class A quarterfinal game at A-H-S-T High School in Avoca, Friday night.
The first half was a battle. The Wheelers gained the momentum early. The Vikings fumbled the ball on their opening play and Audubon turned it into touchdown when junior Quarterback Trevor Smith hit junior Tide End Drew Christensen on a 19-yard touchdown pass to grab a 7-0 lead. It appeared the Wheelers were on their way to a two touchdown lead, but fumbled on the Viking 3-yard line.
A-H-S-T then scored 10-straight points on a Kyle Bauerkemper 19 yard run and Steven Jacobsen’s 40-yard field goal. But the Wheelers put together an impressive 90-yard touchdown drive late in the first half. Trevor Smith broke loose on two option keepers to move the ball out of the hole, and with :06 left in the half, Smith fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Lucas Smith-Petersen. Oscar Felfel kicked the extra point and Audubon led 14-10 at the halftime break. But that would be the last time the Wheelers would see the end zone.
The Vikings came out in the second half and took advantage of several Wheeler turnovers and piled up 28 straight points for the 38-14 win. Kyle Bauerkemper scored on runs of two and three yards and Viking Quarterback Nathan Herbst punched one in from three yards out and stripped the ball from an Audubon running back and returned it 90-yards for the final touchdown of the game.
The Wheelers finished a solid season with a 9-3 record. After falling short in their first two games, Audubon won nine in a row including playoff wins over Riverside and East Mills.
The (12-0), Vikings will match up against (12-0), West Lyon, on Friday, November 15 at 1:06 p.m. in a semi-final in the Dome. The winner will play either Wapsie Valley or B-G-M Brooklyn; both are 12-0 going into that one.
Click here to listen to post game comments from A-H-S-T Head Coach Davis Pattee
Click here to listen to post game comments from Audubon Co-Head Coach Sean Birks
November 9, 2013