LOCATION - The Little Rose Bowl, West Branch
GAME TIME - 7:00
RADIO/TV - The BearCast will be on the play-by-play call. If you cannot be at the game, let us bring the game to you on your computer or smartphone. On your computer, the stream will appear here on the home page of the website. On iOS and Android devices, download the Mixlr app (iOS | Android) and search for "West Branch Football."
Tune in to the BearCast at 6:30 for the pregame, as Steven Grace and Mike Quinlan will be on the call live. “The Coach” Jarod Tylee will roam the sidelines, offering in game analysis and halftime/postgame interviews.
For print media, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the West Branch Times, YourPrepSports.com, and WestBranch.Football will be at the the game.
SOCIAL MEDIA - If you cannot be at the game or chose not to listen via the web, and want up-to-date game action and statistics, follow the Bears on Twitter at @WBBearsFootball or like/follow the West Branch Football page on Facebook for updates.
RANKINGS - Both teams enter this week unranked, but receiving votes. Columbus Catholic is 0-1; West Branch is 1-0.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS PLAYED - This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC will be a very hungry and determined team this week. After falling to perennial powerhouse Dike-New Hartford in week 1, the Sailors have an edge. To know who to follow, it's as easy as 1-2-3 in the program. QB Carter Gallagher (1) is a blur on the field. He can hurt you with his arm, but is definitely lethal when running the football. Last week, he passed for 166 yards and rushed for another 60. When throwing, his top target is Caden Hartz (2) - who accounted for 130 of the 166 receiving yards (two scores of over 50 yards). Finally, Josh Heine (3) is the running back and check down receiver. Very shifty and able to break free at any time. The Sailors average around 230 pounds on their offensive and defensive lines. That can wear you down.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Gallagher. As he goes so go the Sailors.
WEST BRANCH was a bit defensive in its response to opening the football season last week. Holding their opponent to just 99 yards (60 of which came on one play) is a nice way to boost confidence. Cash Woody returned a would-be pass 35 yards for a pick six. The Bears really held their ground all night against one of the better Class A teams. Offensively, Andy Henson was the bell cow with 108 yards rushing and a score. He will be looked on to equal or improve that performance in week two. The offensive line unit of Drake Berry, Logan Wright, Reece Trepanier, Cole Bailey, Max Lodge, Seth Franzoni, Gavin Hills, and Aiden Dingbaum will be a key if the Bears want to stay undefeated.
QUOTABLE: “It is going to be nice to be back at the Little Rose Bowl. The West Branch fans, and their energy, are the extra player we need to play well." - Coach Butch Pedersen