After weeks of practices and scrimmages for a shortened football season, the Denver High School Football team opened their football season against their rival, the Wapsie Valley Warriors. In the past three years, Wapsie Valley had gone 3-0 against Denver, and this year the Cyclones looked to change that. However, the experience and skill the Warriors possessed outmatched the Cyclones’ and led to their downfall of 42-20.
The 2020 Cyclones are coached by Head Coach Rhett Barrett and Assistant Coaches Isaac Barrett, Joe Frost, Mike Isaacson, Dave Ricketts, and Zach Steger. The Seniors for the Cyclones this year include #2 Isaac Besh, #10 Kaden Baumgartner, #13 Jeremy Browning, #51 Cooper Isaacson, #69 Brennen Graber, and #88 John Bergmeier.
To start the game, the Warriors and Cyclones went back and forth, with Wapsie Valley almost opening early on a touchdown, but was taken back due to a penalty. The Warriors struck first late in the first quarter after the Cyclones turned the ball over on downs. #7 Kobe Risse threw a pass to hit #1 Blayde Bellis in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown that put the Warriors up 6-0. With a good kick after, the Warriors were up 7-0 with the Cyclones set to receive the kickoff. When the Cyclones had the ball, rushes by #33 Braden Powers, #22 Ethan Schoville, and #8 Caylor Hoffer slowly advanced the Cyclones down the field. However, after a fumble by #2 Isaac Besh, the Warriors recovered the ball in Cyclone territory, to end the first quarter for the Warriors.
At the start of the second quarter, #24 Trevor Saurbrei advanced the Warriors closer to the endzone with several carries that set up #7 Kobe Risse to connect with #1 Blayde Bellis again in the endzone for a 10-yard touchdown that made the score 13-0. The Cyclones did block the kick after, keeping the score at 13-0. After the Cyclones received the ball again, the Warriors held the Cyclones by preventing passes from connecting and putting pressure on #2 Isaac Besh in the backfield, forcing a Cyclone punt. The Warriors would make large gains after starting in their own territory with #23 Tyler Ott catching a big 23-yard pass and #24 Trevor Saurbrei making large rushes. The Warriors drive would end with #24 Trevor Saurbrei sneaking into the endzone for a 6-yard touchdown that put Wapsie Valley up 19-0, and with a PAT, the score was 20-0. Once the Cyclones got the ball back, #2 Isaac Besh and #8 Caylor Hoffer made several rushes that put the Cyclones into Wapsie Valley territory. However, after a bad snap, the ball was loose, but #2 Isaac Besh would recover and shake off a defender, but then throw an interception after letting the ball loose. With Wapsie Valley in possession of the ball again, #23 Tyler Ott would catch 2 passes for 50 yards, one resulting in a touchdown. After a 2 point conversion, the Warriors were up 28-0. However, right before the half, #2 Isaac Besh would unload a pass deep downfield that would bounce off a defender and go to #8 Caylor Hoffer’s hand for the Cyclones first points of the night that made the score 28-6 after a no good point after before the half.
In the second half, Wapsie Valley started off big with a touchdown with a kick after that put them up 35-6. The Cyclones and Warriors would exchange a few possessions back and forth before the Warriors would strike again. #23 Tyler Ott would find a way to get wide open in the endzone to receive a 35-yard touchdown pass that put the Warriors up 41-6 and with a good PAT, they would reach 42-6. Into the 4th quarter, the Cyclones would attempt to make a comeback, with a 13-yard touchdown catch from #9 Tye Bradley that made the score 42-12 and the good PAT after made it 42-14 with Wapsie Valley ahead. The comeback hopes would be broken after the Warriors strategically ran out clock time so the Cyclones wouldn’t have enough time to come back. The Cyclones would score again, with #22 Ethan Schoville diving into the endzone at the end of the game for a 2-yard touchdown. With a good PAT, the Warriors defeated the Cyclones 42-20. Next week the Cyclones will play away at South Hardin.
At halftime, the Denver Cyclone Seniors for Cross Country and Cheer were honored. Seniors for Cross Country this year that were honored include Hannah Even, Alex Larson, Alex Krabbenhoft, Josh Terrill, Kyler Matthias, Aiden Dolan, Emily Herbst, and Layne Fober. For Cheer members who were honored include Kaleigh Thurm, Ireland Pollock, Kylee Mrzlak, Emily Thedens, Madison Greenly, and Jaden Bahlmann. Congratulations to these Cyclones!
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