Lynx hand Bombers 13-0 loss
WEBSTER CITY – For 43 minutes a flawless defensive effort kept the Ballard football right in its season-opening game with Webster City Friday in Webster City.
But in the final five minutes Webster City struck for two big plays on offense and Ballard had no answers on offense in suffering a 13-0 setback.
The Bomber defense was absolutely brilliant most of the game. But with five minutes, four seconds to go in the fourth quarter Webster City’s Trey Tesdahl threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockwood to break a scoreless tie.
Drew Fielder added the extra point to give the Lynx a 7-0 lead.
After Ballard was shut down on its next offensive possession, Webster City iced the game when Connor Larson raced through the Bomber defense 70 yards for a touchdown with 1:25 remaining.
For the game Ballard forced four turnovers and had the ball inside the Webster city 30 on four separate occasions. But the Ballard offense came up empty each time.
"Causing four turnovers and having the ball inside the 30 four times and not scoring is unacceptable," Ballard head coach Al Christian said. "The offensive has a lot of work to do in all phases of the game."
The Ballard defense held Webster City to 272 yard in addition to its successful night creating turnovers.
"The defense played very well for 43 minutes," Christian said. "Two late-game breakdowns led to (Webster City’s) scores."
Linebacker Marcus Johnson had 16 tackles and a fumble recovery and defensive backs Mitchell Broer and Mason Jensen also had big games. Broer made nine tackles and returned an interception 34 yards and Jensen totaled five stops, an interception and one fumble recovery.
Tyler Khyl also made nine tackles, including one behind the line, and Spencer Struve made eight stops for the Bombers.
On offense Ballard picked up just 198 yards. Most of that came on the ground as the Bombers ran for 170 yards on 44 carries.
Jacob Nethers did most of the damage for Ballard on offense as he racked up 138 yards rushing on 28 carries. Isaiah Johnson ran for 28 yards on seven carries and Zach Thompson picked up nine yards on three totes with the football.
First-year starting quarterback Coy Baker struggled to hit his marks throwing the ball as he was just 4 of 18 for 28 yards. Baker did do a good job avoiding mistakes, though, as he didn’t throw a single interception.
Tyson Pritchard caught two passes for 15 yards, Matthew Poots had one grab for eight yards and Cole Wilson made a 5-yard reception.
Tesdahl completed 5 of 9 passes for 83 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions and he also ran for 67 yards for Webster City. Larson picked up the majority of his yards on the one big touchdown scamper as he ended up running for 107 yards on 15 carries.
Ben Mossman was the top receiving target for Tesdahl as he made four grabs for 49 yards.
Up next for Ballard is its home opener against Carlisle this Friday at Rich Strouse Field in Huxley. Carlisle suffered a 39-28 loss to Boone in its opener.
"We will work hard this week to get better for a tough opponent," Christian said.
Ballard will be out for revenge against the Wildcats after losing a 13-10 heartbreaker at Carlisle a year ago. Friday’s game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Webster City 13, Ballard 0
B 0 0 0 0 – 0
WC 0 0 0 13 – 13
WC – Tyler Lockwood 34 pass from Trey Tesdahl (Drew Fielder kick), 5:04
WC – Connor Larson 70 run (kick failed), 1:25
Team statistics B WC
Rushes-yards 44-170 40-189
Passing 4-18-0 5-9-2
Passing yards 28 83
Total yards 198 272
Fumbles lost 0 2
Punts-average 8-36.9 4-40.8
Rushing: B – Jacob Nethers 28-138, Isaiah Johnson 7-28, Zach Thompson 3-9, Kenny Randolph 1-1, Coy Baker 5-(-6). WC – Connor Larson 15-107, Trey Tesdahl 17-67, Gavin Dinsdale 2-10.
Passing: B – Baker 4-18-0-28. WC – Tesdahl 5-9-2-83.
Receiving: B – Tyson Pritchard 2-15, Matthew Poots 1-8, Cole Wilson 1-5. WC – Ben Mossman 4-49, Tyler Lockwood 1-34.
Tackles: B – Marcus Johnson 16, Mitchell Broer 9, Tyler Khyl 9, Spencer Struve 8, Mark Goldberg 6.
Fumble recoveries: B – Johnson, Mason Jensen.
Interceptions: B – Broer, Jensen.