Northwest Iowa — #4 Central Lyon George Little Rock and #5 Waukon will meet Friday afternoon for the Class 2A Iowa State Football Championship at the UNI Dome. The Lions are unbeaten at 11-0. The Indians come in at 9-1. We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame is set for 1:30 with kickoff scheduled for 2:00 pm. We’ll stream from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.
The Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Lions dominated in all three phases of their semifinal with a 41-0 win over Camanche. Quarterback Zach Lutmer led the offense with a 12 of 14 passing day for 177 yards and a 26 yard touchdown to Cooper Spies. Lutmer also ran for 161 yards and a score from a yard out. Kalen Meyer had a trio of short touchdown runs. He scored from the 5 yard line and had a pair of 1 yard runs.
Waukon earned a spot in the championship with a 38-21 win over PCM, Monroe. Waukon led 24-14 at the half before doubling up on PCM Monroe 14-7 in the second half. The Indians featured the running game with Ethan O’Neill gaining 194 yards on 26 carries and finding the end zone 3 times. As a team Waukon was 5 of 10 passing for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Zach Lutmer leads the CL-G-LR offense. He’s completed 64 of 108 passes for 1142 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 1508 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively Kalen Meyer leads the team with 52 tackles including 3 for a loss with 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.
For Waukon senior Creed Welch has completed 71 of 130 passes for 1163 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 672 yards and another 11 touchdowns. Senior Ethan O’ Neill keys the running game with 129 carries good for 1098 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also has 203 yards receiving a a pair of touchdown receptions. Junior Lincoln Snitker is leading tackler with 62.5 on the season including 21 for a loss. Snitker has 2.5 sacks to go with 1 fumble recovery and 4 interceptions.
Lions Head Coach Curtis Eben on the multiple offensive scheme of Waukon.
Defending the Indians multiple offense begins with discipline.
For coach Eben the key to a championship is the line of scrimmage.
The Indians strong running game features an offensive line that took some time to come together.
That’s Waukon Head Coach Chad Beermann. His offensive philosophy is to be patient and take advantage of opportunities.
With 3 of their last 4 seasons ending at the UNI Dome Beermann knows from experience it’s different playing in Cedar Falls.
Join LA and Stino for the coverage. Pregame begins at 1:30 Friday afternoon on KIWA FM 105.3. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm from the UNI Dome. We’ll stream from the website at www.kiwaradio.com.